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Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra - Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 8SF. Tel: 0844 811 2121. 7:30pm. £45.50. & £34.00. First night of two.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

George Shovlin & The Radars - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF Day Two: The Jazz Co-op Stand and other Matters

Today it was my turn to serve on the Jazz Co-op stand for a couple of hours, an activity which allows you to hear the Concourse music, people watch, chat to all sorts and conditions of men (and women), besides of course drumming up support for the Jazz Co-op gigs. (And folks, remember, you’ll get tax relief if you invest in the Co-op).  Anyway, talking of chatting to women, Joan Parker and I met Marianne, a music student from Tynemouth who is studying in Edinburgh, and we had an in depth discussion about women’s singing and the differences in singing classically, pop music and jazz singing.  This is why I love doing stands, you never know what you’ll get to talk about.
The varied range of Concourse music continued delightfully with You and The Night and The Music from The Ruth Lambert Trio, followed by other jazz standards. The Mark Cray Band had an exciting sound of saxes, trumpets, tuba, trombone, and of course drums, with Latin rhythms, repeated riffs.  Then came Alex Saxon and Jack Forster on guitar and flute, the latter reminding me a bit of Jethro Tull of yesteryear.  Their tunes included Moondance and Mr Bojangles.
I’d heard of King Bee but this was the first time I’d actually seen them, not to be the last, I say.  Vibes, two guitars, horns, flute drums, another exciting sound, funky fusion, insistent riffs and even songs.  What’s not to like on the Concourse, never mind the gigs in the Sage Halls?
Ann Alex

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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.
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