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John Postgate: "Oscar Peterson played a good solo in 1954..." - (Jazz Monthly August 1960)

Bill Evans: "A composer writes something, and an orchestra interprets it--he spends maybe six months writing 10 minutes of music, but a jazz musician spends 10 minutes of playing 10 minutes of music, and he performs it himself". - (Jazz Monthly July1960).

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Today Friday October 20

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

Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston - Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening
Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.

King Bees - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington. DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.00. Opus 4.

Hot 8 Brass Band - Northumbria Students’ Union, Sandyford Road, Newcastle NE1 8SB. Tel: 0191 227 4757 (SU enquiries). 7:30pm. £20.35.

Twin Beam - Hidden Heights Creative Studio, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6:30pm. Tickets: £5.00. in advance from Arch 16 Café (next to High Level Bridge). An Oxjam Gateshead Bridges Quarter event. Multi bill, multi venue.

Beth Macari - Prohibition Bar, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6:30pm. Tickets: £5.00. in advance from Arch 16 Café (next to High Level Bridge). An Oxjam Gateshead Bridges Quarter event. Multi bill, multi venue.

Sting - Bamburgh Castle. 7:15pm. Tickets: £250.00. & £150.00. Acoustic. Charity gig.

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.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Folk Meets Jazz @ The Globe: October 1

Minnie Fraser (vocals); Carrie McCullock (vocals, guitar); Sheila Herrick (vocals); George Anyfantis (Piano); Ian Forbes (vocals, drums); Michael Woods (vocals, Guitar); Ann Alex (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Once again, we had a good, friendly, informal time at our monthly coming together of Folk and Jazz.  In fact there were only 2 people who weren’t performers, and I suspect that they were hiding their talents for the present. John Taylor, one of the ‘listeners’, told us that in Spanish music shops that he’d visited, the CD’s are arranged according to which rhythm they represent, rather than artist or genre.  Food for thought – certainly something that tells us about different musical attitudes.
I began with a couple of unaccompanied folk songs.  One was Sally Free And Easy, written by the late Cyril Tawney, a song with the same theme as St James Infirmary Blues, so then we needed cheering up, so along came a trio, Minnie, George and Ian, with a jazzy All Of Me, with skilled improvisation from Minnie on the second chorus; She then taught us all a round, very ably sung by the whole company in 4 parts, just like that!  
Sheila sang songs which were very cleverly connected, both about skylarks, and as you’ve guessed one was the jazz song of that name.  Carrie did 2 of her own quietly reflective songs with guitar, George followed with 2 contrasting tunes, the second a sad but dramatic Greek tune, as I had demanded that he played something from his native land!  Ian treated us to a rather naughty song about boy scouts having to be prepared, and his wonderfully lively version of It Don’t Mean A Thing. By now Michael and ‘listener’ Susan had appeared, so he treated us to Harlem Rag and a song about a highwayman who robbed only rich people.
The second set found me doing an unaccompanied blues with Ian on drums, Minnie sang about her funny Valentine, and a girl band appeared, when Sheila and Carrie joined forces on Moonlight In Vermont.  George brought back memories with Those Were the Days, and Michael was beginning something good as I left for the Metro.  Watch for Michael’s next appearance at the Lit and Phil.
Minnie is in charge for the next session on November 5, Fireworks Day, as I’m away on a blues singing holiday in Yorkshire.  Thanks to everyone who supports this evening, and lots more of you will be welcome next time.  
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.
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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.)
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