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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Opus 4 Full House Greets the Darlington Big Band

(Report by Russell/Tony).
Tony Eales, Bebop Spoken Here’s Deep South (Tees Delta) correspondent reports a full house at the Traveller’s Rest, Cockerton on Friday night to hear local heroes the Darlington Big Band. Andy Bennett (alto/soprano) led the band, allowing tenor man Ritchie Emmerson the luxury of being ‘one of the boys’ in the saxophone section.
Bennett and Emmerson turned-in effective solos, as did Chris Hibbard (trombone). Bill Watson, trumpet, (following his stint on the recent Sinatra television show) to quote our man on the spot, ‘played his socks off!’ Next month (February 13th) Opus 4 welcomes the Debra Milne Ensemble. Speaking of Bill Watson, one of the year’s great events – the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival – takes place once again at North Shore, Charles Street in Sunderland, March 6th-8th. Watson and his dedicated team of assistants work round the clock to put on a great show. Big bands travel from all points to compete at an event that has become one of the great gatherings of big band talent (spanning the generations). An unmissable event, unreservedly recommended. 
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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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.)
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