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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Late Shows: Lawnmowers Theatre Company - The Glass Orchestra

(Review by Ann Alex).
You MUST see this: Put it on your bucket list for next year
It isn’t jazz as such, but it’s wonderful, magical music! A semi-circle of musical instruments, all made of glass, glasses of water of all sizes, large jars, glass tubes and tubs, a xylophone and glass blocks on a table.  To be tapped with drumsticks, fingers circled round water glasses to produce a rich ringing tone, or tubs thumped with the hands, to get a bass sound. A 15 minute performance of delight.  The first item was of interwoven tones, then came a piece with an amusing spoken commentary about a bus journey to the Metrocentre.
There was an evocative piece about being a child, and more music to round off the session.  I couldn’t stay for the other performances but besides the orchestra there was also an item of drama, singing by the choir, and food, 3 shows and food within an hour.
I hope there’s a chance for people who haven’t seen this to do so next year.  The Lawnmowers is next to Gateshead Old Town Hall, and is an organisation where people with special educational needs and other people can work together.  The glass orchestra is performed by the percussion group.  Well done!
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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