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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, June 08, 2014

CD Review: The Lindsay Hannon Plus – The Spy (Take 2)

Lindsay Hannon (vocals), James Harrison (piano), John Pope (double bass) & Tom Chapman (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Lindsay Hannon Plus’ debut CD – The Spy – grabs the attention from the first note of the eponymous opening track. Vocalist Lindsay Hannon’s phrasing is second to none and this ‘live’ recording is of exceptional quality. Hannon’s regular working band gives nothing less than a five star performance on all of the album’s twelve tracks. There is a wide range of material including Hannon favourites Jim Morrison and Joni Mitchell, a brace of jazz standards and a joyous take on Paul Simon’s Diamonds.  
James Harrison is a dynamic young pianist with an infectious enthusiasm be it as soloist or accompanist. The band arrangements make full use of a collective exuberance – piano, double bass (John Pope), drums (Tom Chapman) and, of course, Hannon. Pope’s louche bass line on The Spy underpins Harrison’s fabulous old school piano playing, Chapman’s intro to Nature Boy establishes a Latin vibe, Pope solos, then Harrison takes it into the stratosphere with Hannon right up there. Hannon’s sister in music Liz Corney receives a writing credit on the album with the ballad Heather Forever. Late night saloon bar songs are handled with sensitivity; The End of a Love Affair hears Hannon turn the lyric inside out, So Long, Big Time is a vocal tour de force with fizzing accompaniment from Messrs Harrison, Pope and Chapman.                 
It is Hannon’s inventive, playful interpretation of a lyric that places her in the top bracket of singers currently working the jazz club circuit. The release of  The Spy is sure to secure a wider audience. The album is dedicated to the memory of Keith Crombie, jazz promoter and supporter of Lindsay Hannon and many other musicians on the Newcastle jazz scene. The Spy is available at

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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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