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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Gavin Lee's Dixieland Band @ Ashington Jazz Club June 4.

Gavin Lee (Clarinet), Don Fairley (Trombone), Al Langthorn (keyboard), Tom Derbyshire (D.Bass), Jimmy "Stix" Robinson (Drums).
(Review/photo by Peter S.)
The June evening began with a dedication to the memory of Ron Pollard, a friend to many N.E. musicians and also AJC when he and his wife would visit and danced to the music they loved. He will be sadly missed by the members.
Gavin's Band introduced two musicians on a first visit to our Club, Tom Derbyshire and Al Langthorn, as the group enthusiastically delivered a selection of well loved standards during two enjoyable sets. Gavin and Don form a good combination working so well together with an intuitive musical understanding while the engine room behind provided support fit for a dance floor. We do not always have a keyboard on stage but the evening was enhanced by Al. I think Mr. Tatum would have been impressed.
With fine sound adjustment this proved to be a well balanced combo impeccably led. Our collective audience enjoyed every moment, even the failed jokes (sorry Gavin) and vigorously applauded a quality performance.
Next Meeting at the AJC is on Wednesday, July 2. at 8.00 p.m.Djangologie - need I say more? Not to be missed.
See you there.
Peter S.

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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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