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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

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

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

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

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Samuel Eagles Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Nov. 7

Samuel Eagles (alt/sop); Maceo Brown (gtr); Daniel Kasimir (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A 50% turnaround in personnel since Eagles last landed at the Globe didn't detract from another splendid session by the quartet. If I felt any disappointment at the absence of Ralph Wyld it was quickly dispensed with when I heard Maceo Brown's first guitar solo - this guy is the business. Dave McKeague, being local, we knew could handle the drum chair and it was near impossible to tell that this was his first gig with the band. Kasimir has played the venue several times so no problem there and Eagles is one of the UK's best contemporary saxmen.
A program of originals by the leader from their CD Next Beginning kept the audience's attention from start to finish - thankfully a bigger crowd than on their previous visit. This, I'm sure, was due in part to their afternoon workshop at Sage Gateshead and Debra Milne's glowing reference to the gig on Alyn Shipton's Jazz Record Requests broadcast live on Radio 3, also at Sage Gateshead.
As befits the composer, Eagles needed no dots or chord symbols to show him the way simply soaring through them with apparent ease on alto and, for one number, soprano.
Thanks to Sandra and Steve for the lift to the station. Unfortunate that it clashed with the masses exiting the Metro Arena still, we made it leaving me to pose the question as to why the audience for rapper 50 Cent is so much bigger than that for any jazz artist? Ain't no justice.
Great gig (at the Globe).
Photos.
Lance.

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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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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.)
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