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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Thursday August 16

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tonight @ The Lit and Phil

Jazz North East presents
COREY MWAMBA(solo vibraphone)
+ ROBERT MITCHELL
(solo piano)
+ MITCHELL - MWAMBA DUO
Wednesday 13th February | 8.00pm
Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE
Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 concessions from 0191 232 0192
Note: Steps to this venue make accessibility difficult for wheelchair users

Hot on the heels of last Friday's great double bill at the Lit & Phil comes another superb pairing. Pianist Robert Mitchell is part way through a 21 date UK tour promoting his new solo album 'The Glimpse', but only Jazz North East are providing added value by putting him together with vibes maestro Corey Mwamba (it's a combination that's not even happening tonight, when Robert plays in Corey's home town of Derby).
Robert's album, due for official release next Monday but available for sale at tomorrow's gig, is remarkable in that it's made up of performances for left hand only. But any thoughts that this is a dry academic exercise are dispelled from the start: previewing the album, critic Bruce Lindsay in AllAboutJazz wrote "His left hand is a hand that creates many moods, moving across the 88 keys with flair and grace and generating rhythms and melodies which engage and surprise". An absorbing prospect.
Corey, who opens the Lit & Phil gig, will definitely be using both hands, a great number of mallets and other beaters, and probably even his feet (Guardian critic John Fordham has described him as "the balletic young Derby vibraphonist"). A real favourite of Tyneside audiences since his first appearance here little more than two years ago, Corey has also been described as "an elemental driving force", but he is equally capable of great subtlety, and solo performance gives him the chance to display the whole of his imaginative range.
And at the end of the gig a multi-handed finale as the two players come together for a spontaneous duo performance that's certain to be nothing short of dazzling. I'm told that there could be snow tomorrow, but it's likely to get quite tropical at the Lit & Phil before the night is over.

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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.
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