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Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tutors Live! @ Sage Gateshead – October 21

(Review by Russell)
Tutors working on the BA/BMus degree course based at Sage Gateshead performed to an audience of ‘freshers’ – the ‘Class of 2018’. The new student intake arrived on time, most of them with phones switched off, ready to listen. Hall Two’s cabaret table layout made it an informal occasion. What would the new lot make of it all?
A degree at Sage Gateshead prepares young musicians for a working life in music: jazz to popular music, to the commercial to music technology. On stage a roll call of the region’s teaching talent demonstrated no nonsense performance skills. 
On time, set up, ready to go to work. Mouthful gave it some. Opening a cappella, the quartet’s numbers illustrated an amazing vocal range. Mr Peabody’s Coal Train to Well, Well, Well to Lou Reed, students sat transfixed, impressed. The quartet: Bex Mather, Katherine Zeserson, Dave Camlin and Sharon Durant. Later Mather and Camlin picked up guitars and introduced Bethany Elen-Coyle (vocals) and Fender bass man Paul Susans walked on to near hysteria! The man has clearly proved a hit with the students. Dave Camlin jokingly called for calm.
During the interval the student audience made a bee-line for the bar. This essential aspect of student life would appear to be to taken seriously.
Second set. The students returned, some with drinks in hand. On stage there was a change of guard as the jazz boys sauntered out. Rod Sinclair said hello. A Night in Tunisia said a big hello to the freshers – this is what we do! Sinclair, with Telecaster in hand, shared the stage with A-listers: Paul Edis (pictured), keyboards, Ian Paterson, bass and the percussion duo of Roger Hempsall and Adam Sinclair. City Strut heard Sinclair, R, strip paint, the rhythm section relentless. On walked Ruth Lambert. A vocal master class: No Moon at All and Love Me Like a Man (Sinclair’s Strat did the job). Ms Lambert departed. Ballad time: In a Sentimental Mood. Paul Edis introduced two of his own compositions: Murmurations (Sinclair, A, swopped percussion for kit for some brush work, Hempsall on percussion) and Narrow Escape. The latter number, with Sinclair once again on percussion, featured a fierce duel with Mr Hempsall. The student audience loved it. Whoops and hollers! Mouthful joined the band, as did Hayley Jenkins playing alto alongside Edis (alto) for a dancing finale on A Message for You, Rudy and Primal Scream’s Movin’ On Up.
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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