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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 Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I’ll Tick That Jazz Beer (Hic!)

(Ramblings by Russell).
Last week’s annual Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival (the 39th!) was, as ever, a winner. Hundreds of beers to sup, thousands of beer drinkers doing exactly that. A silly hat event, a chill-out lounge, live music and…beer, beer and more beer.
Gentleman’s Nectar (4.2%) the first to be ‘ticked-off’. Brewed by Box Social Brewing in Newburn, the hoppy ‘West Coast’ pale beer comes from the same micro that has brewed Smoove and Turrell Transatlantic Pale Ale (4.2%). S & T and the boys visited the brew- house to sample the trial batch and gave it their seal of approval. The beer will be on sale at the Gateshead Beer Festival (May 1 – 3) and to mark the occasion Smoove and Turrell will be gigging at the event!
The Big Lamp Brewery, just along the road from Box Social in Newburn, is an all-time favourite. Big Lamp’s festival beer – Brit Beer (4.6%) – couldn’t be passed-by. V Good! Corncrake (4.2%) had to be sampled simply because it had travelled a distance (Orkney). It would have been rude to ignore it! At 4.4% Northern Line Stout courtesy of Cameron’s restored a tenuous jazz link to the arduous task of trying several of the many beers on offer. Happily the jazz theme was maintained by Midnight Bell (4.8%), a premium dark mild from Leeds Brewery. Thanks (hic!) to Mr P Hamilton and Ms Z Gilby for providing the flash of inspiration! Time was getting on, the Jazz Genie deserted, try one more. The festival’s Battle of the Beers competition produced a worthy winner in Quayside Porter (5.7%) from the Hop and Cleaver boys down by the Tyne. Time (hic!) to go, there was a beer gig, sorry (hic!), jazz gig to go to!          
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.
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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