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Today Tuesday February 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan +?

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

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Swinging into Blaydon this Sunday

 (Preview by Russell).
Win, lose or draw (Sunderland v Newcastle), as a way to celebrate or as a pick me up, be sure to get to the Black Bull on Bridge Street in Blaydon on Sunday evening. At eight on the dot the Greek God of Vasilis will blow the finest swinging tenor saxophone since the era of one-nighters at the Corner House Hotel in Newcastle featuring some of the all time great American tenor players.
You would like to have a pint but you don’t want to take the car and you need to get from Newcastle? Take the new 12A bus service from Eldon Square Bus Station, the journey is easy. The bus bombs along Scotswood Road, over Scotswood Bridge, along Chainbridge Road and, sixteen minutes later, you’re there. The Black Bull is but a stone’s throw from Blaydon Bus Station. The 12A bus departs Newcastle at 7:15pm. Some will set off earlier catching the no.12 at 6:45pm. £6.00. Admission, a quid or so for the raffle, a pint of Black Sheep (other tipples are available) and you’re set for a fabulous evening of swinging jazz. The return journey couldn’t be easier; the 12A leaves at 10:56pm, arriving Clayton Street West 11:06, terminating at Eldon Square at eleven minutes past eleven.
The Greek God is Vasilis Xenopoulos. Never heard of him? Don’t let that put you off. He is something special and his band mates on the gig are A-list musicians. Blaydon, London or New York, these guys are the best in the business: Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) and drummer Russ Morgan. You’re thinking…they couldn’t be possibly be that good. Are you prepared to eat your hat? Salt and pepper at the ready.
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.
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