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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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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