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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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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Folk Meets Jazz: August 6

All credit to those of us who were present: there weren’t a lot of people, because of holidays and other events, but we all managed to make interesting music and have a good time. It would have been ideal to have more jazz instrumentalists, so all ye jazzers out there, why not come along to the next Jazz Meets Folk, on Thursday September 3, 8pm?

Ian Forbes, when he wasn’t drumming for other people’s songs, became a pop singer for the night, singing along to his own backing tracks, songs such as Hi Ho Silver Lining. Minnie Fraser did sterling stuff with her fiddle (NB it’s never called a violin in folk music) with Ashokan Farewell and pleasing renditions of songs including John Anderson and Green Grow The Rushes O.  That last song is from a Robert Burns poem.  Bill played spoons (ie ordinary household spoons used as percussion) and did Irish songs; Eva sang Every Time You Say Goodbye and other jazz sings; Sheila did 2 connected songs about the moon, Blue Moon and Blue Moon Of Kentucky. I seem to remember singing a couple of blues numbers myself, and everyone joining in an Americana song with drums, spoons, fiddle and a tambourine which just happened to be lying around on the piano.

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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