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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Friday April 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Durham University Big Band Prepping Pizza Express on Palace Green

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival title holders Durham University Big Band warmed-up for their forthcoming appearance at the Pizza Express, Dean Street London, with an express (half hour), midday performance at the Music School, Durham University.
Tony Eales reports a select audience heard the band being put through its paces working on material first encountered at a Pete Churchill workshop and, intriguingly, the tune of the moment…Whiplash! The band bus heads to London on February 15th, setting-off at 4:00am! Wakey, wakey! Students being students they will probably stagger out from an all-night party, board the bus and catch some shut-eye on the way down to the Smoke.
On March 7th the award winning Durham band defends its title at the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival at Sunderland University Students’ Union. Let’s hope Whiplash is in the competition programme. Further details of this fantastic event (open to the public) will be posted nearer the time.
Russell.

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