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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Gateshead Welcomes Glenn Miller

(Preview by Russell)
The spirit of Glenn Miller is set to reverberate around Sage One (Sage Gateshead’s 1700 seats concert hall) during the forthcoming festive period. On Tuesday 29 December Ray McVay will lead Britain’s leading Miller outfit in a matinee concert performance which will feature many of the classic numbers associated with the legendary AAF Band. Post-Christmas and pre-New Year, Tynesiders will be champing at the bit in danger of going stir crazy. Tickets are going fast, so, to be sure of your seat, call the ticket office on 0191 443 4661.
Ray McVay goes back to the days of rock ‘n’ roll. He worked with Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Brian ‘The Shadows’ Bennett, Clive Powell (aka Georgie Fame) and countless others. Theatre and television work, a long association with the Mecca organisation, Ray McVay is your genuine ‘been there, done that’ character. A life-long fan of Glenn Miller, McVay approached Glenn Miller Productions Inc in America seeking their agreement to permit the establishment of a British band to play the Miller charts. McVay won approval and set about taking Miller’s music on the road.
The classic line-up of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums and two vocalists have filled concert halls time and again, year after year. The band’s two principal singers – Colin Anthony and Catherine Sykes – are joined on stage by the vocal harmony troupe the Moonlight Serenaders. Add the Jiving Lindy Hoppers to the mix and you have a fast-paced show packed with familiar tunes. The orchestra’s collective talents are too numerous to mention save for a few: Colin Anthony (BBC Big Band), Catherine Sykes (Leeds College of Music, Dave Newton), Dave Ford, lead trumpet (Portishead – a modern combo!), Simon Meredith, alto and clarinet (MYJO and NYJO), Loren Hignett, baritone and alto saxophones (BBC Big Band), Ray Wordsworth, tenor (Humph and Alex Welsh, Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme – a tidy cv), Bunny Thompson, piano (Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Sammy Davis Jnr – not too shabby).
So, Miller’s music has stood the test of time and withstood brickbats from some. What’s not in doubt is the ability within the ranks of Ray McVay’s Glenn Miller Orchestra. For a guaranteed great afternoon make sure you’re at Sage Gateshead on Tuesday 29 December for a three o’clock start. Telephone the ticket office now – 0191 443 4661.        
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. you are so fortunate to have the Sage and these wonderful shows to enjoy...well why not? North East deserves the best....

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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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