Saturday, 17 September 2016

You missed an ABSOLUTE BELTER . .

The first time I have posted a review 'Front Page', but last night's gig was SOOOOOOO SPECIAL, here you are for a week or so . . .

16 September 2016 Corrie Dick's "Impossible Things" 

The preview started "Glaswegian Corrie Dick is recognised for his fluent, gritty sound and euphoric abandon on kit . ." and after last evening's musical nirvana, I feel confident in observing that the JATPjazz faithful wound gleefully off into the night in a highly euphoric state. A standing ovation of significant duration rounded-off 2 hours of the most stunning music. Music which ranged in origin and inflection, sometimes separately, often melded and moulded by a band of troubadors who clearly love the music, it's 'making' and each other to the point of aural unity. I mean no disrespect to all the excellent bands who have gone before at JATPjazz, but this gig was something so special, maybe the best JATPjazz gig ever. And so to all music and jazz lovers out there on or close to the trail which the Impossible Things tour is taking (Derby, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Barnstaple, Bristol, London, Marden & Coventry) like Jazz North East, Lescar & Cambridge jazz before me, I STRONGLY urge you attend. I guarantee you will be totally blown away.

Corrie Dick : d, Laura Jurd :t, Rob Luft : g, Matt Robinson : p,  Joe Webb :  org, Conor Chaplin :b,

Friday, 19 August 2016

Up Next . .

07 October 2016 Manchester Jazz Collective 

The Manchester Jazz Collective dectet comprises some of the region's most creative and fiery young jazz musicians, an eclectic spread of influences ranging from reggae to minimalism, metal, township, and folk music to inform their extensive catalogue of original compositions. 
Kyran MatthewsJeff Guntren & Stuart MacDonald :s, Graham South & Nick Walters : tr, Ellie Smith & Rich McVeigh : trom, Andy Stamatakis-Brown : p, Paul Baxter : b, Johnny Hunter : d


Wednesday 21 September 2016 - Threeway 

Threeway is a band that gives the term "chamber jazz" a good name. All three are virtuoso musicians who know each other so well that their improvisations just seem to fall into place. It's subtle music - warm, melodic and gently intriguing. Ben Crosland, bassist and leader, composes most of the tunes with occasional contributions from pianist Steve Lodder and trumpeter Steve Waterman.

11 November 2016 - John Etheridge's Trio North 

John Etheridge is one of the UK's World Class GREAT GUITARISTS (which I reckon to be one of maybe 4) and returns to Glyde House Bradford to continue the missionary work of last year when he razed Glyde House to the ground (musically!! it is a listed building after all??) with a stunning display of just why he is one of maybe 4 or 5 UK Worldbeaters. Come see what all the fuss is about. If you're a guitar geek, you can't go wrong for £7 - it's a steal.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

An interesting view of a long-time JATPjazzer . .

Referendum too close to call

Before making a bonfire of our EU membership, please ponder that if the fire brigade wanted a mandate for a strike, they would need to have 40% of their members voting in favour of strike action.

Just let's look at the numbers:

  • In favour of Brexit: 37.5%
  • In favour of Remain: 34.7%
  • Not voting: 27.8%
Statistically the result was a tie.

Not only does a public sector strike vote need 40% in favour, so did the 1979 referendum. It was very foolish to conduct a referendum on such a weighty matter without a threshold requirement. The only sensible policy is to stick with the status quo for a year or so, develop some proper policies to use outside the EU, and then run another referendum. The current leap in the dark with a government in disarray is folly.

B otched
R eferendum
E nables
X enophobic
I solationists’
T riumph
Matters are made worse by the sudden disappearance of Leave Campaign promises after the referendum, and Farage is on record as saying that a 52-48 vote would not be the end of the matter.
( Click here and here) For once it is possible to agree with Farage