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Alan Broadbent: “I really enjoy working with some singers. It depends. Again, there has to be a give and take between the two of us. Otherwise, it’s just a job and I’m too old for that now.”(Jazz Times February 2015).

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Alan Broadbent: “As soon as I heard where Georgia [Mancio] was coming from, and the tradition in terms of songwriting and her appreciation of standards, it was basically the same as mine.” – (Jazzwise April 2017)

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 29.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Caro Emerald - Sage Gateshead. Doors 7pm. £51.06/£37.67/£24.19. VIP package £134.38.
Joe Stilgoe's Big Band Bonanza - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham TS23 2LJ.7:30pm. £22. 01642 552663. w. Madeline Bell and Anthony Strong. A BBC Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night' concert.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ Jazz Café. September 6

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Fantastic! At the end of the evening an acquaintance said: It’s amazing that we have musicians of this calibre here in Newcastle. Honorary Geordie Graeme Wilson has recently relocated to his homeland north of the border after a decade or so on Tyneside but the good news is he continues to gig here in the north east and this Jazz Café date proved to be as good as it gets.
The set list comprised of familiar Wilson charts with the addition of one new number. Street of Furs, Offissa Pup, a double helping of Blyth Spirit – The Sycamore and The New Wallaw – from the days of Voice of the North, the Coltrane blast on the swinging Searchlight Nevada and the new one, Turquoise. Wilson, deceptively quick, took the first solo on each number with clarity of thought and execution top-drawer. Pianist Paul Edis invariably grabbed the second solo and with bassist Andy Champion and drummer Adam Sinclair on the stand a formidable piano trio more than held its own as Wilson listened with no little satisfaction. The new one – Turquoise – didn’t faze the boys in the band, sight-reading it as they went along (you couldn’t spot the joins).
A good crowd filled the Pink Lane jazz spot and a couple new to the area were suitably impressed and are sure to return keen to hear more. Living in Bedlington they have already found the Elephant (a jazz club in nearby Ashington, not the large cuddly animal in the corner of the safari park) and they’re in for a treat next month when the stupendous Strictly Smokin’ Big Band rolls into town.
The swinging funk of Remora kicked-off the second set with a sparkling Edis solo. The twisting, turning Toe of Fudge twisted and turned with Edis doing his best to emulate a studio-recorded take of his killing Hammond solo (we should hear it!). Wilson suggested this Jazz Café take was Edis at the upright Hammond. Cue band humour…’upright organ’ etc. Pleasureland (an amusement attraction in Arbroath) followed. By set list design or not – upright organ…Pleasureland. No further comment, Your Worship. The final number of the night – Honolulus – ripped the place apart. Stonking tenor, sanctifying piano, Andy ‘Arco’ Champion, in-the-pocket Adam Sinclair. The Graeme Wilson Quartet is a rare beast – rarely heard and when it is, it’s a rare treat.        
Russell.

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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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