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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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jazz Improvisation Workshop @ Jazz Café January 13.

(Review by Steve H.)
Although always interested in what went on at the Jazz Improvisation Workshop, being a non musician I had never summoned up the confidence to actually attend. However, an experienced rock guitarist friend of mine said he fancied coming along so off we went to the upstairs room of the Jazz Café. Assorted musicians were there some I knew - Zoe, Gabi, Andy and Wes  - and apologies to those I didn't. 
All in all we had 2 percussionists, 2 vocalists, 3 guitarists, a saxophonist and a bassist. Andy Champion was facilitating the evening so when he wasn't actually playing bass he was doing ‘conduction’ - this is a bit like being a conductor but only with no score and no idea about what will happen next. The role involves directing the individuals performing to play louder softer shorter longer or to stop playing altogether. It starts simply with Andy turning to one of the musicians and telling them ‘to play’  each player is then brought into the piece and what evolves is a fascinating construct; the musicians taking inspiration from one another as well as from the ‘conduction’.  As a spectator, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and  I can recommend it to anyone interested in the creation of improvised music as an art form. My musician friend was also very positive about the experience and says he will be back for the next workshop on February 10.
Steve H.

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