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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 Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Be Quick, Quigley at Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell).
Quick, book now for the Hebrides Ensemble this Thursday. Ostensibly a classical event, there is much to attract the jazz fan.  Based in Scotland, the virtuosi take an innovative approach to classical composition, performing commissioned work (an impressive list of ‘names’ have been keen to work with them – Sally Beamish and James MacMillan amongst them) and like to ‘put on a show.’
On Thursday six pieces will be performed in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at Sage Gateshead. The American literary and musical landscape will loom large and, astonishingly, Elvis will be in the building! Darius Milhaud’s Suite op 1576 begins the programme (Dave Brubeck was a star student of the composer), soprano Claron McFadden takes to the stage to sing three pieces; Thomas Adès’ Life Story (text by Tennessee Williams), Stephen Montague’s Wild Nights (poet Emily Dickinson the inspiration) and Leonard Bernstein’s musical adaptation of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.
The centrepiece of the evening – Dead Elvis – pays homage to the Vegas jumpsuit period of Elvis Presley’s career. Composed by Michael Daugherty, bassoonist Peter Whelan, wearing a kitsch white jumpsuit, will be living proof that Elvis will, indeed, be ‘in the building’! From Milhaud’s jazz inflections to Dead Elvis to a stellar figure in contemporary jazz – Wynton Marsalis. A Fiddler’s Tale Suite, Marsalis’ trumpet dedication to Igor Stravinsky’s love of American jazz will close the evening with the trumpet feature being taken on by the brilliant Ryan Quigley. The Scot is no stranger to Tyneside audiences having played small group gigs in Newcastle and Hall One at Sage Gateshead in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Book now – 0191 443 4661.           
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.
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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