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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jazz Café May Program.

Jazz Café phone 0191 2229882 25-27 Pink Lane near the Central Station
Open from 11am daily as a Cafe, closed Sun and Mondays. Fridays and Saturday  - admission free up to 9.00pm*, Live from 9.30pm - 11.30pm admission for most events £5 on the door, *Except Schmazz 
Full programme at   www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk
May Listings
Friday 2nd May 9.30pm - The Mo Scott Band  £5.00
Welcome back to Mo Scott  this time in blues mode and backed by what must be one of
the tastiest bands on the circuit. Together they explore the whole world of the blues - all
the way from Robert Johnson to Ray Charles
Mo Scott vocals / Gary Dunn guitar / Neil Harland bass / Paul Smith drums 
Tuesday 6th May Tuesday Jam – Free
Resident rhythm section : Peter Gilligan piano, Paul Grainger double bass and Paul Wight drums. Now running on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Bring your Instrument and play or just listen. Free admission.
Friday 9th May Paul Edis Trio £5.00
Our resident piano trio make their regular second-Friday-in-the-month appearance and demonstrate once again their consummate skills.
Paul Edis piano / Mick Shoulder double bass / Adam Sinclair drums
Saturday 10th May French Jazz Night £5.00
8.30pm Shamans Jazz Quartet from Mitry Mory in the North of Paris mix original jazz pieces by their leader Chris Bonno  with their take on French popular songs (Brassens, Aznavour, Legrand) all based on the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of their Haitian pianist and drummer. Christian Bonno bass guitar / Claire Kahn vocals, violin, saxes / Amos Joseph piano / Fito Pierre drums
9.30pm Gypsies of Bohemia  
While drawing inspiration from the legendary French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, the band put their own unique, Mancunian spin on hits by Britney Spears, Blondie, Girls Aloud and even Iron Maiden. Gypsy jazz meets modern pop.  
Jim Wallace guitar / Matthew Whitaker guitar & vocals / Frank Grime double bass / Sam Draper drums
THE LATE LATE SHOWS
SATURDAY 17 MAY 11PM – until late
THE Lindsay Hannon Pluss £5.00 (£4.00 GLOW STICK HOLDERS)
For our contribution to this year’s Late Late Shows we’re delighted to welcome back to the Jazz Café one of the most dynamic jazz singers on the North East scene, Lindsay Hannon with her band the Plus. Rooted in the improvisational tradition of jazz their sound moves from raucous barrel house blues and tight swing to sensitive ballads, 
Cole Porter, Tom Waites, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, The Doors, Amy Winehouse and to original tunes all interpreted and arranged to highlight the individuality of four excellent musicians. Good news for fans of The Plus : their debut CD “The Spy” is due out in the Spring. Watch Lindsay’s website for details : www. lhplus
THE PLUS WILL BE PERFORMING IN OUR NEW UPSTAIRS ROOM, 
WHILE DOWNSTAIRS WE PRESENT :
Dean Stockdale solo piano 9.30pm
A familiar face on the Northeast scene, Dean cites as his influences Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Kenny Barron and has studied with renowned British jazz pianists Keith Tippett and David Newton.
Tuesday 20th Tuesday Jam - 8pm –Free
Resident rhythm section : Peter Gilligan piano, Paul Grainger double bass and Paul Wight drums. Now running on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Bring your Instrument and play or just listen. Free admission.
Friday 23 May 9.30pm - Peter Gilligan Quartet £5.00
Two prominent members of the Tyneside scene, Jazz Café stalwarts Peter Gilligan and Mark Williams come together to celebrate the contribution to the world of jazz of pianists Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans and guitarists Joe Pass and Jim Hall. 
Plus original tunes by Mark Williams. Peter Gilligan piano / Mark Williams guitar / Paul Grainger double bass / Tim Johnsone
Wednesday 28th May 8.00pm 
Schmazz @ the Jazz Café present the Charlotte Glasson Group
£8.00 & £6.00 concessions at the door.
A fine demonstration of how jazz can be both enormously entertaining while still packed with musical creativity.
Charlotte Glasson (saxophones, flutes, violin, saw); Mark Bassey (trombone); Chris Spedding (guitar); Mick Hutton (bass & steel pans); Sam Glasson (drums)
Friday 30 May 9.30pm - NE4 £5.00
Ray Truscott’s dynamic jazz fusion quartet, NE4, returns with a new piano
player and yet more new original material by the leader. “The audience wanted more” said Bebop Spoken Here of an earlier gig.
Ray Truscott six string electric bass / Paul Gowland tenor sax / Dean Stockdale piano / Paul Wight drums
Jazz Café   25-27 Pink Lane near the Central Station. Tel: 0191 2229882    

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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