This Sunday, 23rd June 2013 – Splinter Jam Session!

Calling all of our regulars and all musicians/vocalists that are free on Sunday night………………we are holding another jam session AND IT IS FREE ENTRY (but if you want to make a donation it will be gratefully received of course It helps to keep us going!).

So whether you are a player or not, come on down to the Bridge for an 8pm start.

Great trio, with (probably) Zoe Gilby starting the proceedings on vocals:

James Harrison – keyboards

Andy Champion – Bass

Jonathan Marriott – Drums.

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ
0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : Entry FREE (Sorry, no wheel chair access)

Standard Deviation Quartet – “Come Rain Or Come Shine” – Splinter 5th May 2013

Sorry about the faint “gurgling” noise at the start, the mics picked up the beer chillers, and it is VERY important that the beer is chilled!

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Matt Anderson – tenor  saxophone, Declan Forde – piano, Sam Vicary – bass, Sam Gardner – drums.

Recorded at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge May 5th 2013

The Standard Deviation Quartet is a group committed primarily to playing standard songs. With their highly melodic, song-based approach, they create fresh re-interpretations of the standard repertoire as defined by composers such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

 

This Sunday – 16th June 2013 – Toby Boalch Sextet

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The Toby Boalch Sextet features some of the finest musicians in Birmingham playing Toby’s own compositions.

The band features Chris Maddock (alto saxophone), John Flemming (tenor saxophone), Richard Foote (trombone), Nick Jurd (double bass), Jonathan Silk (Drums) and Toby Boalch (electric piano).

The compositions are influenced by the works of Bob Brookmeyer, Booker Little, Kenny Wheeler and Hans Koller.

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ
0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : Entry £6 (Sorry, no wheel chair access)

Zoe asked the band some questions ahead of their visit to Splinter:

Tell us a bit about your band. How it formed? band line up and their influences?

In my final year at college I was leading a trio that I was comfortable writing for and performing with, but when I graduated I wanted to compose for a greater variety of timbres and textures, which was primarily inspired by the composers Bob Brookmeyer and Booker Little. A dominant motivation for me to start writing music for this particular sextet lineup was that I knew the players who I wanted to combine, their individual sounds and musical strengths; this inspired the initial ideas that I had for the music. I had met all the band members while we were studying Birmingham so we have actually known each other and been playing together in various formats during this formative period in our musical lives which I think gives us quite a special bond. I thought I knew how they would play and interpret this music that I wrote, but I was wrong! They have taken my compositions and transformed them beyond my expectations; although there is a great atmosphere in rehearsals, the time I smile the most is when they are bickering among themselves about how they feel the music should be! These guys care about the music and I think this comes across when we play.

What has been the highlight of your bands musical career so far?

We have been lucky enough to receive both funding and performance opportunities from Jazzlines, the key jazz promoters in Birmingham led by Tony Dudley-Evans and Mary Wakelam Sloan, so we played some high-profile gigs early on in the bands career which was obviously great for exposure. However I would say that the music has developed since then and we played our best gig yet at “The Cross” in Moseley this March; thankfully Nick recorded the whole gig which is now on my Soundcloud page if anyone fancies listening!

Best gig you’ve seen?

Toby – Possibly Dave Douglas Quintet at CBSO Centre, the synergy and empathy between all the players was astounding and the compositions were beautiful.

Jonathan – Wayne Shorter Quartet at Symphony Hall Birmingham

Nick – A Cuong Vu workshop at Birmingham Conservatoire!

John – John Scofield Quartet at North Sea Jazz Fest

Chris –  Probably a double-bill concert at barbican I went to years ago: Michael Brecker Quindectet and Joe Lovano/Hank Jones quartet.

Richard – Probably Cuong Vu at the Yardbird

Favourite album?

Toby – Gnu High, Kenny Wheeler.

Jonathan – Chris Lightcap’s Big Mouth

Nick – Photo finish between AKA J Yancey by Jay Dee and Mingus Ah Um

John – Miles Okazaki Mirrors

Chris – John Taylor Trio: Whirlpool

Richard – James Blake

If you could meet, talk with and jam with any musician (alive or deceased) who would it be?

Toby – Sonny Rollins

Jonathan – Bill McHenry

Nick – I’d hang out with Lee Konitz

John – John Coltrane, to get roasted!

Chris – I would jam with Thelonious Monk

Richard – I’d spend a week shedding with John Coltrane

“Delilah” (Clifford Brown) – played by ToyShop @ Splinter Jazz

Recorded at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne 2nd June 2013.
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This vibrant London-based quintet features Tom Dennis (trumpet), Mike Underwood (sax), Sam James (piano), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Scottish drummer/composer Corrie Dick.

 

Toyshop Playing Clifford Brown’s “Gerkin For Perkin”

Recorded at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge on 2nd June 2013.

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Featuring Tom Dennis (trumpet), Mike Underwood (sax), Sam James (piano), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Scottish drummer/composer Corrie Dick

Standard Deviation Quartet – “All Or Nothing At All” – Splinter Jazz

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Matt Anderson Tenor – saxophone, Declan Forde – piano, Sam Vicary – bass, Sam Gardner – drums

Recorded at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne – May 5th 2013

This Sunday 9th June at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge Hotel – LEGOHEAD

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Legohead, if you didn’t catch them last time around, is an exciting, high energy electric trio based in Newcastle.
The group exclusively play original compositions which often include large amounts of individual and collective improvisation. They create a unique sound by blending elements of Jazz, Heavy Metal, Funk and Free Improvisation.

Lloyd Wright – Guitar
Jonathan Proud – Bass
David Francis – Drums

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ
0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : Entry £6 (Sorry, no wheel chair access)

 

Bonga, Mwamba and Champion – Free Improv session @ the GIJF

Ntshuks Bonga (saxes), Corey Mwamba (vibes) and Andy Champion (double bass) perform their free improvisation session at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival April 7th 2013

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Another Rave Review for ACV

 

CD Review: ACV – Busk

ACV – Busk
(Babel BDV13117. CD Review by Chris Parker)

Formed in the North East by bassist Andy Champion (who wrote seven of this album’s eight tunes), ACV made a debut album, Fail in Wood, in 2010, described by Ian Mann as ‘an intriguing synthesis of jazz and progressive rock with an agreeably dark, gothic edge’.

Much the same could be said of this recording: over Champion’s full-toned, lithe bass and the vigorous but sensitive drumming of Adrian Tilbrook, the tenor (and occasional rich baritone) of Graeme Wilson, the multi-hued guitar of Mark Williams and the carefully calibrated keyboard sounds of pianist Paul Edis weave a dark tapestry of sound that owes as much to the Canterbury scene as to out and out jazz.

Sometimes pleasantly swirling, at other times beefily galumphing, with occasional excursions into freedom sparingly embellished with electronics, ACV’s music is powerful and arresting enough to attract the more adventurous rock listener, while also containing enough rhythmic wrinkles to retain the attention of the most demanding jazz aficionado.

Wilson, who has improvised-music form with the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra, is a commanding soloist on both his horns, but it is the quality (and variety) of Champion’s compositions that make this album so immediately appealing.

On Tuesday, June 04, 2013