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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Robert Cray returns to Sage Gateshead

(Preview by Russell)
How many blues musicians can you name who could fill concert halls around the world? With BB King gone, the blues world is left with precious few ‘big draw’ names. One of them is the veteran Buddy Guy, another is Robert Cray. Touring the world non-stop is a way of life for these men and Robert Cray’s itinerary sees him about to embark upon yet another UK tour, visiting Tyneside on Tuesday October 13 to play at Sage Gateshead.
Georgia born Robert Cray has been at it for four decades; recording twenty-plus albums, gigging the world over, picking up countless awards along the way, and retaining a loyal fan base eager to hear more of one of the all time great soulful blues voices. And the man plays the most tasteful guitar you could possibly wish to hear. And hear him you can, at a venue near you. Cray’s UK tour begins on Saturday (October 3), calling at the Barbican, London (October 12) and the following night, Tuesday 13, Sage Gateshead’s magnificent  1700 capacity concert hall is sure to be full to overflowing.
Bad Influence brought Cray a wide following. Some sought out an earlier album – Who’s Been Talkin’? – released on the Tomato label. A Japanese import was the answer for the collector. Strong Persuader continued the success story, Live at the BBC (2008) appealed to those with a liking for the ‘live’ experience. Fast forward to 2014’s In My Soul and the new two-CD/DVD package 4 Nights of 40 years is Cray’s latest offering.
The Robert Cray Band features long-time bass player Richard Cousins, Dover Weinberg, keyboards, and in-the-pocket- drummer Les Falconer. A Robert Cray show is fast moving – Smokin’ Gun, I Guess I Showed Her, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – and it is class from first note to last. Cray, recipient of WC Handy and Grammy awards, is at Sage Gateshead Tuesday October 13. Telephone the ticket office – 0191 443 4661 – to book your seats for a real-deal blues experience. For those interested, the October/November 2015 issue of Blues Matters! is out now. Robert Cray is the cover star and you can read an interview with the man on the inside pages.           
Russell.
PS: If I’ve mentioned the date 3 times it’s just so you don’t forget it – October 13!

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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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