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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.

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Pete McGuinness – vocals, trombone; Jon Gordon – alto sax, flute; Bill Mobley- trumpet; Ted Kooshian - piano; Andy Eulau – bass; Scott Neumann - drums
(Review by Debra M.)
Pete McGuiness is an established jazz arranger, trombonist & vocalist, based in New York City. The first album to showcase his voice, this combination of all facets of his musicianship has resulted in the swinging scatfest ‘Voice Like A Horn’. The recording features a small ensemble of piano trio and horns, & McGuinness’s arrangements provide ample opportunity for improvisation for all the instrumentalists, of which his scatting is an integral part.
Variety is added by the horns, which are particularly effective in ‘Oh You Crazy Moon’, punctuating the vocal & solo sections. McGuiness’s honeyed tones are clearly reminiscent of Chet Baker & Mel Tormé, and his smooth voice, with innate swing and fluid scatting , particularly suits the high tempo numbers. The project comprises mainly jazz standards, an exception being trumpeter Bill Mobley’s be bop style ‘49th Street’. On this track, and also Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Birks’ Works’, McGuiness’s vocal agility is extraordinary. Perhaps not surprisingly, the style is similar to his trombone solos , in particular in George & Ira Gershwin’s ‘Who Cares?’. However, good musicians know when less is more, and contrast is provided by his compelling, stripped down rendition of ‘Never Let Me Go’, which has the most emotional impact of all the tracks on the album. Sometimes just the words are enough.
Debra M.

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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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