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Today Sunday February 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms.

Jazz Social - Fire Station, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 3:00-5:00pm. Last Sunday in month jam session.

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Claypath Deli, Claypath, Durham DH1 3407209. 4pm £7 (£5 concs).

More jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Blues

Broken Levee - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

St Dom &the Sinful - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15 pm. £5. Darlington Jazz Club.

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 05, 2014

Cozyjo’s Cozy Christmas Concert @ Washington Arts Centre. December 4

(Review by Russell).
The City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Cozyjo, with a ‘z’) made a return visit to Washington Arts Centre on a cold winter’s night and couldn’t be happier upon seeing a capacity audience in the auditorium. Family, friends, supporters, they were out in force.
A one set performance of forty five minutes rattled along with more than one Christmas tune given a swing treatment. Chattanooga Choo Choo, C Jam Blues, Hark the Herald Trumpets Swing, Tuxedo Junction, the band did a grand job. Four altos, a tenor/clarinet player, a tenor/baritone player, four trumpets, a lone trombone, two guitars, piano, bass and drums, all acquitted themselves well. Beth on tenor was responsible for the dreadful Christmas jumpers on display (it was her suggestion!); Santas, sleighs, trees, holly and, shamelessly, out front, ‘Sir’ (aka Mr John ‘Redemption Jazz’ Hall) sporting a reindeer strewn number!
Slade and Wizard were heard (every day, in every shop they are heard, think of the mega royalties!), as were American Patrol, String of Pearls and the top tune of the night – Sing, Sing, Sing (excellent ensemble work, Beth on clarinet doing BG proud). White Christmas (with audience sing-along) closed the show. It would be great to see Cozyjo at next year’s Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (North Shore, Charles Street, March 6-8).
The jazz done, the kids weren’t done yet. A quick change around and Under the Radar, a five piece rock band hit the stage. The Arctic Monkeys, the Fab Four, the Kings of Leon, Oasis, tight bass and drums, riffing guitars and a diminutive vocalist. They were good. A hard act to follow but Supersonic weren’t deterred. The White Stripes, Feeder, more from the Monkeys and Oasis, another cracking five piece with a slightly less diminutive singer. The finale featured a band, as yet, without a name. Whoever, they were Sunderland Soul Bros and Sisters, all eleven of them. Five singers, two altos, tenor, guitar, bass and drums belting out soul classics; Knock on Wood, Superstition, super tunes, the highlight being a soulful Valerie. Cozyjo intend doing it all again in the summer of 2015. Stay tuned – the first news of it will be right here at Bebop Spoken Here.                            
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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