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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

GIJF Day One: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston

James Birkett (guitar) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Late night classic jazz guitar. Sage Gateshead’s cavernous concourse is a difficult space to fill at the best of times. For two seated guitarists to hold the attention of those milling around was a tall order. Messrs Birkett and Johnston set about the task. The best thing to do was to play some great jazz guitar and these guys did just that!
In recent years James Birkett has had an affinity with the Norman Foster-designed Sage Gateshead lecturing on the BMus degree course based in the Music Education Centre. A current student on the course is one B Johnston. So, home territory, let’s play! Blues for BJ, Wave, Stringing the Blues, Birkett and Johnston complemented one another; soloist, rhythmic support, Birkett the senior man confident of Johnston’s abilities. Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Pat Metheny, Birkett and Johnston, the lineage defined. Nuages (of course), Skating in Central Park, Doxy. It couldn’t get much better than that…or could it? The idea of meshing Oleo and Anthropology into one could be considered a sign of madness. Well, let’s declare Birkett and Johnston clinically insane. Hang on, they went for it and it worked. There’s a fine line between madness and genius. Mark these guys down in the latter category! After that, tackling Chick Corea’s Spain was a piece of cake.    
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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