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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op extending its community share issue

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op is extending its community share issue to allow supporters more time to invest in its venture to buy and refurbish The Globe pub/venue in Newcastle.  The new closing date will be Monday 14 April 2014 at midnight. 
The co-op plans to use this extension to attract new investors during the Gateshead International Jazz Festival (4-6 April) which brings thousands of jazz lovers to Tyneside.  Pink Lane Jazz Co-op is running a jazz workshop at the Sage during the festival.
By midday on 24 March, the co-op had received share applications totalling £106,040, over 84% of the way to the target of £125,500.
There has been a surge in investment since 18 March when HMRC confirmed that this share issue qualified for tax relief under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.  This means that people who buy shares in Pink Lane Jazz Co-op can reduce their income tax liability by up to 50% of the amount invested.  The extension of the share issue will enable investors to apply to HMRC for tax relief in the new 2014/15 tax year.
Dave Parker, one of the founder members of the co-op, said:  ‘The share issue is really gathering momentum.  Over 120 people have bought shares so far and more applications are coming in every day.  The initial deadline was set to meet the vendor’s request for a swift sale.  We knew it would be hard to raise the investment quickly.  They will just have to wait a bit longer.  We will raise the money we need soon.’
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op has already been approved for a mortgage and loan totalling £105,400 which will be released once £125,500 shares have been sold.

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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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