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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 15, 2013

CD Review: Holy Moly and the Crackers - First Avenue.

Ash Etchells-Butler (dms/mand); Conrad Bird (gtr/vcl); Ruth Patterson (vln/vcl/cell); Rosie Bristow (acc/dms); Ali Reay (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance)
The album notes are great...”At its heart the album is a kind of journeyman’s diary of the road to First Avenue from ‘beats and bars’, the vibrant heart of our hometown music scene, to a host of delightful venues hidden in the crevices of the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The rambling lovers, the fairy forest-dwellers, the lost sea-souls and Dixieland cowboys, the Romani rock ‘n rollers, with their healthy amount of medicinal booze and burlesque, are just a few of the people we met along the way. Hope you enjoy...”
Well that’s a pretty fair description making my job almost done!
Hearing Holy Moly and the Crackers for the first time at yesterday’s Beer Festival – just before the beer exceeded the ’healthy amount’ -  I was mightily impressed and wondered how I’d react sans sun and several pints.
Well let me tell you brothers and sisters, even with a hangover, this band still sounds great.
A mix of folk, blues, country, cajun, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll the Crackers somehow manage to channel the best of all genres into their own brand of music. As well as playing fine fiddle Patterson sings in an attractive folksy/bluesy voice Bird’s vocals and guitar offer contrast.. Songwriting credits are not given although I suspect they all had their say with, possibly,  Bird the major contributor – correct me if I'm wrong guys.
Rosie Bristow’s accordion combines well with Ruth’s fiddle and the overall sound is foottappingly fantastic
If you've heard them on a gig you will probably already have this album. If you haven’t, then don’t wait till Christmas – these crackers are to be pulled now!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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