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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.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

CD Review: Mads Mathias - Free Falling.

Today, being That centenary, it seems appropriate that I mention a CD featuring a keeper of the flame who upholds the tradition without losing his individuality.
Mads Mathias is as Danish as Lurpak and as American as any singer/saxophonist working the GASbook side of the street. The difference is that these are, all but one (Sugar), his own compositions that he is adding to that infinitesimal work.
Inspired by such singers as Nat Cole, Sinatra (natch!) and Harry Connick Jr., Mathias has a style that possibly relates more to Mel Tormé, Joe Mooney. Jon Hendricks or Kurt Elling - perhaps even Gregory Porter. So relaxed and cool it's hard to imagine that he lost three fingers in a car accident when he was only 17 and yet was able to return to sax playing when the hand was rehabilitated!
The backing ranges from a 25 piece orchestra to duo via quintet - many tracks are also arranged by Mads.
One of the most exciting singer/songwriters to emerge. I thought the book of Moon songs had been long closed but, The Man in the Moon is worthy of comparision with any of them!
Mathias returns to the UK in February playing the following venues:
Friday 5th – The Cinnamon Club, Manchester – 7.30pm
Saturday 6th – 
Southport Melodic Jazz Club at The Royal Clifton Hotel – 11am
Sunday 7th – 
Seven Jazz in Chapel Allerton, Leeds 1.30 – 4pm
Friday 12th – 
Lighthouse, Poole – 8pm
Saturday 13th – 
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – 7pm
Saturday 13th – 
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – 10pm
Sunday 14th – 
Pizza Express Music Lounge, Maidstone.
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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