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Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Monday July 24

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Off Key Big Band @ St Oswald's Church, Hebburn.

I can't remember the last time I heard a big band concert in Hebburn so tonight's performance in St Oswald's Church by the Off Key Big Band was, I suppose, a first.
They're a relatively new band who hold a weekly rehearsal in the church and I think it's fair to say they are still finding their feet. However, their enthusiasm is infectious and they totally captivated the audience who were "of a certain age."
The program was very Glenn Miller orientated although the two girl singers, Joanne Kanser and Abbie Stewart, did offer a more contemporary approach. Stephen Fay went down the Sinatra, Bublé, Darin route but his gags were lost for many in the cavernous interior of the church.
Featured soloists included John Gilderoy (trumpet); Bethany Sanderson (clarinet); Simon Sheard (alto); Amy Swann (flugel) and Battler Britton (tenor). Musical Director was John S.Fay.
Highlight of the evening for most of the audience was the Wartime sing-along done with such patriotic fervour that I wondered if perhaps the German football team were planning to invade St James Park!
A pleasant evening with a sumptuous buffet provided during the interval.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Yes I was at the Off Key Concert on Saturday at St Oswalds Church (But Not "Of a Certain Age!") It was a great night with a well balanced show.
    It is good for a church to be used for other than services and you must admit the show was well supported.
    As you say it was an excellent buffet (and what only £4-00?)
    Tell me where in Newcastle can you get that?

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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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