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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith proudly presents Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto & Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue featuring special guest, Makoto Ozone

Inverness, Eden Court     25th Apr 2014 at 7.30 pm 01463 234 234  
  Online Box Office                     
Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall   26th April 2014 at 7.30 pm 0131 668 2019    
Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire  27th April 2014 at 7.30 pm   0141 332 5057           
This April sees a welcome shower of shimmering piano notes over Scotland as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) premieres a new arrangement of Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto. 
The SNJO has invited the superbly gifted pianist, Makoto Ozone to create a vivid and inventive re-imagining of Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto for piano and Jazz Big Band. It promises to be a unique and memorable experience where the freedom of jazz is wedded to classical discipline.  The result will be an enthralling addition to the jazz repertoire. Tommy Smith’s stunning arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue also offers the ideal complement to Ozone’s Mozart, matching two iconic compositions in an intriguing programme full of life-affirming wit and artistic verve.
Makoto Ozone is no stranger to some of the most prestigious concert platforms in the world, having shared the stage with, among others, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He is recognized worldwide as a classical and jazz pianist of equal accomplishment, and has made more than 34 recordings, many of them with his own jazz trio. He is noted too for his collaborations with, among many others, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Ellis Marsalis and the SNJO itself on their 2011 album Celebration.
The SNJO have begun 2014 with ambitious ideas, innovative programmes and bravura performances and earned standing ovations during recent shows featuring Kurt Elling in Syntopicon, and Revisiting Coltrane with Courtney Pine. More than that, audiences have been a bit shaken and more than a little stirred by the full measure of commitment from an impressive repertoire orchestra.
Audiences in Scotland will be the first to appreciate the SNJO’s vibrantly, fresh approach to Mozart’s 9th Piano Concertoand to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, two universally popular classical pieces. They can also look forward to an evening of sheer, unashamed enjoyment in the company of Makoto Ozone and Scotland’s National Jazz Orchestra.
NB: There will be a free preconcert talk at 6.45pm before each concert.

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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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