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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.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Iceni: EP Launch @ Nancy’s Bordello; Friday July 12

Lindsay Hannon (vocals, bass); Elizabeth Corney (vocals, keys); Caroline Roach (vocals, drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Forget about women singing love songs, this was something quite different, intelligent songs about life, with attitude, imagination, humour, all originals composed by the band, and very good musicianship. Not a jazz gig but well worth reviewing for the blog. The Iceni were apparently a Celtic tribe during Roman times, connected with Boadicea, and Lindsay had dressed for the part, flimsy pale dress and golden criss-cross sandals, plaited hair, a suggestion of the goddess, with a bass guitar instead of a lyre.  White fairy lights round the bass drum added to the atmosphere. The audience stood in front of the stage wowing the band on, knowing many of the songs. Good harmony singing, sometimes wonderfully dissonant, the keys illustrating the words, instrumental breaks, constantly repeated riffs such as ‘I’m scared of my own genius’, drums commenting, and a steady effective bass.
Best heard rather than described, so I’ll simply mention one song as an example.  Thief And Fool (it’s on the EP – in fact, not surprisingly, as this was the launch of the EP, they all were!) has Lindsay as the main voice singing about an abusive relationship from which the woman intends to escape, the keys reflecting the emotions with deep strong notes for strength, and a spoken chorus (chorus as in rock song, not jazz) ‘realistically he does it to be cruel’. A really enjoyable set and I intend to see them again, and congratulations to the band for keeping up the pace on such a warm evening.  A review of the EP is to follow.
I should mention that the evening began with a young band, Three Thousand Two Hundred Tigers, sorry don’t know their names, but there were two guitars, a female vocalist with loads of spirit, and a DJ with (I think) a small keyboard, drums and a cymbal.  Perhaps all DJ’s have this equipment as standard nowadays, I must learn more.  This band had an interesting sound and was well supported by the audience as well.
Download Iceni single Trail of Dead.
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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