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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 Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

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

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, February 06, 2015

From Gershwin to Gillespie - Jazz @ The Lit & Phil w. Lucy Baker and Dean Stockdale. February 6.

Lucy Baker (violin); Dean Stockdale (piano).
(Review by Lance).
An intriguing afternoon! Jazz? Maybe, maybe not. Music? Most definitely and of the highest quality!
Stockdale, one of the area's highly regarded jazz pianists and Baker (A.K.A Mrs Stockdale), an internationally known highly qualified classical violinist presented an enthralling hour that the Lit and Phil habitués - they turned out in force -warmly appreciated.
And so they should! Perhaps not for the jazz extremists or the purists but for music lovers it was a treat.
The opening Prelude 1 by Gershwin told us two things one, that Ms Baker is an exceptional violinist and two, that George Gershwin should be given much greater esteem than he is usually accorded by classical pundits. 
It Ain' t Necessarily So and My Man's Gone Now from Porgy and Bess  moved into jazzier territory but it wasn't until they departed from the Gershwin canon  that Stockdale allowed some rein to his jazz chops  in the form of Sweet Lorraine, Skylark, I Want to be Happy and Dizzy's Groovin' High and A Night in Tunisia.
I've never quite worked out the difference between improvising and extemporising suffice to say that I felt that Dean was in the latter camp and Lucy belonged to the former!
Whatever, both did justice to the music and themselves.
The final piece, Reverie by Angela Morley, once again rubber stamped the credentials of the two participants as well as reminding us of what a great talent we lost when Angela Morley died.
Lance.

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