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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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Archives.

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.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Sage Gateshead Music Students 10 England Rugby Boys 0

BMus and BA students congregated on the concourse at Sage Gateshead for a game of rugger. Not really, they were there to play a short set in public. Some were new intake students, one or two were familiar faces, ‘veterans’ of Tyneside’s jam session scene.
Tutor Paul Edis assembled eight student musicians to play for thirty minutes. The day’s theme – South Africa v Scotland. The sporty business would soon kick-off at St James’ Park, this Sage affair was the warm up. Abdullah Ibrahim represented the Springboks; Kalahari and Soweto two expansive tunes edited for the occasion. The ensemble; piano, bass, drums and percussion, two guitarists, an alto player and a vocalist. Dr Edis played alto and piano. Flower of Scotland minus the bagpipes (although a six-stringer made an effort to replicate the dirge) unexpectedly scored (a runaway try) with a new vocalist to the scene (certainly new to BSH).
A student pianist/lyricist/vocalist impressed, the rhythm boys got it together, a half hour run out, all will benefit – welcome to Sage Gateshead, welcome to Tyneside!
Note to Dr Edis: prescribe attendance at the Jazz Café’s twice monthly jam sessions (the first and third Tuesdays in the month) and the Jazz Coop’s Sunday afternoon jams at The Globe (second and fourth Sundays at 3pm). The student vocalist (and others) should be heard again!
Russell.

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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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