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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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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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