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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op: Lindsay Hannon and The Blue Jazz Quartet @ Salsa Cafe, Westgate Road, Newcastle (Part 1)

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Chris Finch (keys); Jeff Smith (saxes); Dave Parker (bass) Michael Howard (drums) Minus Karen Rann (sop. sax, but away doing an art commission)
(Review by Ann Alex).
I entered to see lots of people eating deliciously at small square tables, but there were seats at the front for those who only wanted to listen.  A lively atmosphere with pleasant food smells and a younger audience than at many jazz gigs.  The band began with three instrumentals, an angular tune - Work Song; Beautiful Love; and Alice In Wonderland. Jeff was in fine soloing fettle, there was a drum and bass section in the second tune, and Chris played lovely lyrical keys, as we've come to expect.  
Lindsay then stepped up with a well improvised At Long Last Love and A Foggy Day In London Town, using neat short phrases, a good variation from the drawling way this song is often sung.  Then came one of Lindsay’s masterpieces, Willow Weep For Me, with heartfelt almost-shouts, a song which always reminds me of Ophelia in Hamlet.  I loved Song For My Father, Latin beats of course, and a drum solo which gave Michael a chance to shine, well to beat, anyway.  The first half ended with Love Me Or Leave Me, with adventurous time variations.  Part 2 to follow.
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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