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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Wednesday March 21


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

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Branding Villa, South Gosforth. October 6

(Review by Russell).
Henry’s Swing Club met once again in the Brandling Villa. It doesn’t resemble Chicago’s South Side in its comfortable South Gosforth location but the music evokes the ‘50s blues scene of the Windy City. Student beardy types frequent the place, office workers winding down after a day’s work sink a pint, burger orders brisk. The beauty of the monthly blues session is trying to guess which nondescript punter – is that bloke sitting over there about to sit-in? – is actually a mean blues harp player, shouter or guitar player.
Lounge Lizards’ Ron and Geoff, house band mainstays, enjoy the crack, enjoy a beer and at two minutes to nine they shout for the rhythm section boys – it’s time to go to work! In time honoured fashion the house band run through a few numbers – Don’t Lie to Me, then Geoff (guitar and vocals), lays down a killing Red House. The Brandling Villa, enveloped in a fog, customers fewer in number than usual, hearing the latter tune made the night…at ten past nine, two numbers in! Kansas City, some Bo Diddley, Need Your Love So Bad, a half hour opening set, get the beers in, the sitters-in ready to join the fray. The round-the-block, stripped-back punk poet known as Thin Man did his thing; a Buzzcocks’ thing, the Lou Reed monotone.
The Man was in the house, at the bar. The ‘Man’, Mick Cantwell. Brandling drinkers are blokes, Cantwell is a beer drinking dude. Cantwell in Gosforth or Chicago is the real deal – the best beer drinking soul-blues voice you’ll ever hear. Messin’ with the Kid with r and b tenor from Cantwell, then the best thing ever – Rock Me, Baby. Brilliant vocals with John McCree on guitar for good measure.
The house band reconvened; Route 66, a ragged Honky Tonk Women, Hey! Bartender. As blues bands go, these guys are as good as it gets. A suburban pub rhythm and blues night in a Camra recommended establishment. Bebop Spoken Here’s recommendation is to hear the voice of Mick Cantwell – first Tuesday in the month, next one November 3.    

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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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