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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Folk Meets Jazz @ The Globe July 2

Ann Alex, Minnie Fraser, Barry Keatings, Jim McGeehan, Fiona Finden, (vocals)
Ron Pattinson (keys); Dave Parker (Bass); Stu Finden (guitar, bass); John and Colin (guitars, mandolin, vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex).
As readers can see from the list of performers, this was a very varied night and not everyone was playing their usual instruments, notably the Findens who had left the saxes asleep at home.  And it was well balanced between folk and jazz.  Take That had cancelled their Arena performance, obviously they couldn’t stand the competition, so two ladies who’d gone by mistake strayed in for a drink – the Globe attracts passing trade I’m pleased to say.  These ladies weren’t able to stay long, then another non-performing friend of the Globe appeared as audience – everyone else was a performer, well able to entertain.
Minnie and I duetted on Water Of Tyne and we each did other folk songs such as the mythical Lovesome Hill and John Anderson (Minnie) and A Sailor’s Life (myself).  John and Colin sang Streets Of London, a mining song by local folky Johnny Handle, and others.  It was good to have Jim McGeehan doing Tyneside songs, though he often does shanties (seamen’s work songs) with local folk band The Keelers. 
The jazz was very capably represented by Ron, Barry and Dave, with skilled renderings of songs including Eric Bibb’s Home Lovin’ Man and also Work Song. (Catch Barry and Ron at the Indigo Voices sessions, next one on Thursday August 13).  And the Findens treated us to 2 self-penned songs and also to the superb sound of just voice and bass on How Insensitive and Autumn Leaves. 
Don’t miss out! Join us for another evening of folk and jazz on Thursday August 6, 8pm
You might even win the joke prize in the raffle.  Barry won it this time, a Kitkat.
Ann Alex

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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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