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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bratislava Hot Serenaders @ Sage Gateshead July 21

(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Paddy M pictured right)
Russell, whose knowledge of Bratislavan musicians far exceeds my own, presented me with a probable personnel listing but, after enduring Rhapsody in Blue for 10 days (or was it 10 minutes?), I decided against deciphering the names - life's too short!

Apart from Gershwin, Duke Ellington was well represented as were the British bands of the period such as Jack Hylton and Carroll Gibbons. History has shown that, far from being poor relations, many English dance bands of the 1930s could hold their own alongside their American contemporaries.
Apart from Gershwin's folly, the rest of the show was magnificent and, to  his credit, Gershwin was shown at his best in I Got Rhythm, Our Love is Here to Stay, Deed I Do and the little known, Delishious - it was! Our Love is Here to Stay was poignantly dedicated to the late Mike and the very much present Patti Durham  who presented the Hot Serenaders at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival a few years back
However, this wasn't a history lesson, although in many ways it was, this was an evening of nonstop entertainment by a band jampacked with ace soloists and vocalists.
Leader Juraj Bartos blew fiery trumpet and introduced each number with much humour, there were sax, clarinet, trombone, violin and piano solos - rarely more than one chorus (hallelujah!) - vocals and, of course, the Boswellian Serenaders Sisters who looked and sounded superb.
I closed my eyes and this wasn't Gateshead, it was the Cotton Club or the Savoy Hotel/Café de Paris.
One fabulous evening and in a style that will be near replicated (but not copied) this coming Sunday at Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, by the New Century Ragtime Orchestra. If you enjoyed the Hot Serenaders you'll enjoy NCRO but Hurry! Hurry! tickets are going fast...

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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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