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Claire Martin: "People think that it's the Americans that swing the hardest - I think us Europeans give them a fair run for their money." (Jazzwise March 2019).

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Today Saturday February 23

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Evening

Jazz

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - 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.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Boys From Bucharest

Russell, in an earlier post, referred to the diversity of buskers in Newcastle. Well today, South Shields saw three of those same street musicians peddling their wares on King St. They can play!
A soprano saxman was blowing a plaintive lament by the fruit stall next to the Metro station. he got a good sound helped by the backing tape. He didn't seem to be drawing in the crowds which was a pity but, after all, this was South Shields and not the Southside of Chicago (except on a Saturday night after closing time). 
Further up King St. Clarinet and trumpet were In The Mood before boarding the Chattanooga Choo Choo. They were swinging. Clarinet doodling around the rich toned trumpet and both playing effective solos. This was Leonard and Florin. I happily donated 50p, took a photo, and went on my way.
The afternoon's shopping done (London Pride in the Crossways Hotel) I returned to the Metro station where the three strolling players were divvying up before boarding the St James via The Coast Choo Choo.
They sat opposite me but, as they were Romanian and spoke little English and I was English who spoke no Romanian at all, conversation was limited.
" Benny Goodman".
"Artie Shaw".
"John Coltrane"
"Stan Getz".
"Dexter Gordon"
"Charlie Parker".
"Selmer"
"Yamaha"
"Jazz in Romania?"
"No money playing jazz in Romania"
Welcome to England...
Lance

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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