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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Preview: Snarky Puppy to storm Sage Gateshead

The jazz fusion era of the 1970s is experiencing something of a critical reappraisal, if not renaissance, and Sage Gateshead is set to welcome band-of-the-moment Snarky Puppy. On Sunday evening (May 11) the band led by bassist Michael League will hit the stage in Hall Two. Formed in 2004 (‘the band was all college jazz kids’ says League), the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based outfit calls on a roster of seventy five musicians and up to twenty seven of them have been known to take the stage! Over the years gospel and r & b influences have become part of the band’s sound in a 200+ gigs a year touring schedule. Expect to hear music referencing Tower of Power, Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Americana, Latin rhythms and pop. The GRAMMY Award-winners could have three guitarists on stage, perhaps three keyboards players, vocalists aplenty (Lalah Hathaway, daughter of Donny, could be in town). Jazz, funk, soul, League insists melody is key. Pat Metheny is a fan. Will Snarky Puppy’s Gateshead gig become that of folklore? Hall Two, Sage, Sunday, is the place to be to find out!
Russell.

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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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