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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Friday, March 06, 2015

King’s Hall Student Performances. March 5

(Review by Russell)
Members of Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra opened the one hour show with the first two movements of Ravel’s Le Tombeau. Folk singer Rachel Hamer (a future star) sang two numbers and then there were the jazz music students…
Joe Cromey-Hawke performed Steve Gadd’s famed 1984 Zildjian drum clinic demo. JCH had his eyes fixed firmly on the dots (zillions of them!) as the King’s Hall fell silent. An epic journey (seven minutes or so), Cromey-Hawke can play. Let’s hope he shows up at the Jazz Cafe’s jam session sometime soon. 
The afternoon drew to a close on a chilled vibe. Final year pianist Jamie Lawson worked alongside Ed Addo (trumpet and vocals) on two numbers – When Sunny Gets Blue (Addo without a mic) and  Just the Two of Us (Addo with mic, the dynamics so much better). Addo has a Hoochie Coochie soul voice and he too will hopefully make it to the Jazz Café. The prospect of Addo and Joe Fowler singing together whets the appetite! The duo gave us a third and final number – Addo’s I Love – and were joined by beat box drummer Dan Egdell. The Jazz Café awaits.
Leaving the King’s Hall, wandering down Northumberland Street, the sound of the all-weather busking electric bass player Ojay added to the afternoon’s entertainment. Further down the road a lone alto sax player (with kitsch backing tapes) made a fist of it on Lullaby of Birdland only to be rudely interrupted by an all-singing-all-dancing (of sorts) Hari Krishna troupe as they rounded the corner. You couldn’t make it up!  Our altoist wasn’t to be deterred moving into overdrive on the Headhunters’ Chameleon. The happy-clappy troupe admitted defeat and moved on. Meanwhile, around the corner at Grey’s Monument…Leonard (clarinet) and Florin (trumpet), aided/hindered by yet more kitsch backing were giving it some on a Balkan inspired cha cha cha number. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Newcastle’s live music scene!
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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