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Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Wednesday October 17

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Swing Swing Swing! The Benny Goodman Sextet Revisited - Sage, Gateshead.

Matthias Seuffort (clt); Enrico Tomasso (tpt); Keith Nichols (pno); Raymond Graisier (vbs); Martin Wheatley (gtr); Henry Lemaire (bs); Richard Pite (dms).
Of all the Goodman small groups I think the sextet was perhaps the most satisfying and tonight's ensemble did their best to rubber stamp that opinion - even though most of the time they were seven!
Seuffort is an excellent clarinettist with a BG-like fluency although I must confess I felt he didn't quite capture the Goodman tone. Likewise Wheatley played superbly but not quite Charlie Christian. No doubting vibes player Graisier - he has Hamp down to a tee on both vibes and one finger piano. Tomasso had limited solo work but when chance came his way he soared - A Smoooth One being a  fine example.
Keith Nichols kept out of the limelight apart from some pithy solos here and there. Even though Krupa wasn't a member of Benny's sextet (Nick Fatool/Dave Tough) Pite played as if he was with a solo on Sing Sing Sing that had sticks being expertly (ish) juggled. Great solo.
It was a good gig with this being the third consecutive neo-full house at The Sage that I've attended - they must be doing something right!
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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