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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - 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.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Support their big day (night)!

(Preview by Russell)
Newcastle University music students are about to give their Final Year Undergraduate performances. Strict examination conditions will make for a nerve wracking occasion. The good news is that these performances are open to the public. Better still, this year some of the jazz students will be off campus at the Jazz Café. On Tuesday (May 12th) in the upstairs room of the Pink Lane venue four students will be looking to give their performance of a lifetime and you can be there! Arrive early, it’s free admission, grab a beer, coffee or pot of tea, take a seat and show your support. At six o’clock the room will be bursting at the seams and the family and friends of Ella El-Salahi (voice) will be bursting with pride. Bebop Spoken Here has heard El-Salahi with the University’s big band and in small combos. You are in for a treat.
At 7:00pm. Jennifer Amey (voice) will knock ‘em dead. Don’t miss her. Saxophonist Faye MacCalman is sure to impress the examiners at 8:15pm and Josh Lane (trumpet) rounds off the evening at 9:10pm. Great players all, their accompanists (many fellow students) likewise, Tuesday evening will be a highlight of the year 

On Wednesday 13th make a bee-line for Culture Lab on King’s Walk (just of Barras Bridge) to hear more. Guitarist Dan Morgan gets things under way at half past five, at 6:20pm drummer Lewis West will kill ‘em (guaranteed!), as will Joe Cromey-Hawke and George Hutton (drummers both) at 7:15pm and 7:55pm respectively. These guys have been heard over the last year or two. They can play! Get along to Spaces 4 & 5, Culture Lab.

Pianist Jamie Lawson has drawn the short straw. He’s up before the examiners at the un-jazz like hour of 10:30am on Thursday (14th) in the Recital Room,  in Armstrong Building (main entrance on Queen Victoria Road, opposite the RVI). Lawson is one helluva player. Support your local jazz gunslinger/singers!

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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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