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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Glasgow Jazz Festival Update

Now entering its 28th year, the Glasgow Jazz Festival returns 25 – 29 June with a superb line-up of world-class acts from across the jazz spectrum.  Headliners include guitarist Martin Taylor, saxophonist Courtney Pine with his acclaimed “House of Legends”, Neil Cowley Trio, Jacqui Dankworth & Todd Gordon, Brazilian Hamilton de Holanda and free-jazz cult hero Evan Parker and the hugely enjoyable Ian Shaw & Guy Barker At the Movies.  Visit www.jazzfest.co.uk for full line up.

To celebrate the Commonwealth Games the festival will also play host to a day of music centred on Jamaican musical influences, featuring sets from the Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica and rising star singer Zara McFarlane.
Pop up venue The Rio Club hosts Geno Washington, Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, MOBO winners Sons of Kemet, and Niki King “Songs of Ellington”, Federation of the Disco Pimp as well as the popular Late Night Jazz Jam.

Elsewhere on the bill Laura Macdonald Commonwealth Sextet, Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum, Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons, dixie and trad favourites including Classic Jazz Orchestra, Jazz on Film, Classic Album Listening Sessions as well as free fringe gigs. 

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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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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.)
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