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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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Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Americana Festival @ Sage Gateshead: James Hunter Six - July 18

James Hunter (guitar & vocals), Damian Hand (tenor saxophone), Lee Badau (baritone saxophone), Andrew Kingslow (keyboards), Jason Wilson (double bass) & Jonathan Lee (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Twenty plus years on the road, the ‘six’ have been there all along. Howlin’ Wilf and the Vee Jays to the James Hunter Six, Billboard Blues’ chart album success, Hunter does as he has always done – rock-up and play. The Essex boy with a rockabilly swagger, long-time Jumpin’ Hot Club favourite James Hunter headlined day two at this year’s festival celebrating everything Americana.
The outdoor amphitheatre adjacent to Sage Gateshead was crammed. Tables and chairs, folding tables, hampers, Stetsons. Hunter does soulful rhythm and blues. Catching sight of the headwear Hunter joked he’d better watch what he said up here in redneck country! The band’s extensive back catalogue – People Gonna Talk (2006), The Hard Way (2008), Minute by Minute (2013) – afforded Hunter a bagful of goodies including Chicken Switch and the crowd loved it. Dancers – shuffling two-left-feet types getting in the way of those would could really dance – occupied the ‘look at me’ area slap bang in front of the stage.
The horns make the ‘six’. Damian Hand (tenor) grabbed the solos, the rhythm section a non-stop powerhouse. Keys man Andrew Kingslow went for a Hammond groove, front-man Hunter rockin’ in rhythm. Occasionally Hunter’s vocal came from Sam Cooke with a grittier edge to it standing back, then further, from the mic, pleadin’ hollerin’. Stick that in yer Stetson! The Five Royales’ Baby Don’t Do It was worth standing with the rednecks. Close your eyes and it was a get-on-down James Brown soul revue.  
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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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.)
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