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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Saturday December 15

Afternoon

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Hatton Gallery, King's Road, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 277 8877. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 2:50pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Concourse, free.

Jambone + Folkestra - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Sage Two, free but ticketed.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Big Band Theory - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 6:30pm. £5.00.

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - The Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. Tel: 0191 265 9602. 7:30pm. £7.50.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:30pm. £12.00. + £1.38. bf.

Strictly Speakeasy - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £20.00. Lindy jazz ‘Snow Ball.

Cozyjo - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Cozyjo) Christmas Cracker.

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

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Colin Dawson w. Levee Ramblers New Orleans Band Springwell Village Hall - April 1

Colin Dawson tpt, Dave Rae  bjo & vcl, Liz Bacon - clt, Paul Bacon - dms, Jim Blenkin - tmb, John Robinson - db bs, Mac Rae – clt/ dms/ vcl.
(Review by Ray Robson)
The Levee Ramblers rose from the ashes of the "Rae Brothers N.O. Band", with virtually the same line up bar Mick Hill or guest trumpeters taking Mac’s original role. The Springwell weekly set has been going some time now, though we have personally only "discovered" it since the sad demise of "Jazz at the Fell".
Tonight was quite a special event, with not only the appearance on guest trumpet of Colin Dawson, but with a "one man band" virtuoso sit in from Mac Rae taking in first clarinet then later drums & vocals!
Colin is an International Jazz Trumpeter, these days still based in Germany, but proud of his roots & obviously quite happy to sit in with friends at a small venue, probably a nice relaxing evening for him too.
The first two numbers flew by while we appreciated quite what a musical feast we faced ...Careless Love then Mac subbed on clarinet with both he & Colin giving an excellent lead on Mahogony Hall Stomp. Mac added vocals on My Blue Heaven then Willie the Weeper and Corrine Corrine showed us Colin's undoubted talent & reminded us that the rest of the band were pretty good too! Louis Armstrong's Shine took us to the interval where we tried to catch our breath & replenish our glasses. Royal Garden Blues kicked off the second half, with Punch Miller's Long Distance Blues keeping the pace swinging along. A quick break in the music, as we enjoyed the recital skills of Ken & laughed at his satnav exploits ....great verse & humour. Another tactical team change ....Mac moving to drums with Liz recalled at clarinet & Paul sitting out ....Over in the Gloryland echoed round the hall with Mac’s vocals, then we took the Canal Street Blues and a Sentimental Journey to a rousing finale with It’s My Party.
Sometimes good nights just sneak up on you ....& this was one of them ....the Levee Ramblers will always entertain you, but the addition of such a classy trumpet player & the welcome albeit temporary return of the prodigal Mac I felt really gave the packed Hall a first class night of New Orleans Jazz ...well done to all of you players.
Ray

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