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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

Sunday, July 14, 2013

EP Review: Iceni - Iceni

Line-up as per launch gig
(Review by Ann Alex)
 The launch gig review shows one side of the EP cover - the reverse, seen here, shows a brightly coloured partridge, very attractive, which sets the mood for four bright, lively, assertive tracks. 
Drive is all about driving your car as an escape from stress, so the piano drives along powerfully, drums vary between lighter and heavier tones, speeds vary, harmonies blend.  An exciting start.  Then comes Heather, a love song for a sister, full of amusing family reminiscences such as ‘when I was four and you were three you tried to drown me’, gently sung by Elizabeth, (I think) and presumably autobiographical.  Thief And Fool is discussed as played at the gig, and All Roads is a spirited love song about loving someone whether they are present or faraway.  And readers simply must listen to the free download, Trail Of Dead.  Elizabeth declaims in biblical fashion, loudly to a fast drumbeat, ‘and ye shall know me by the trail of dead, and the tale of destruction continues, interpret it how you will, ending with deceptively sweetish vocals.  Great stuff. 
I’d love to see this band on Jools Holland Later, they won’t be the first North Eastern band to appear, the Unthanks folk band were on last year.  Wonder how you get on to that show?
Ann Alex  

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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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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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