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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 Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Things Ain't What They Used to be!

(Review by George W.)
Expecting a traditional presentation, of silly old wise men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh to a hungry baby who only wants a change of hay and some pre sucked rusks, Dorothy and I attended our youngest grandchild's annual Christmas concert.
What's this? No stable or an unfortunate 2nd year boy dressed as a donkey being dragged tearfully across the stage. No, none of that nonsense this year. Instead, we were treated to some wonderful music of various styles played on all manner of instruments by about 40 boys and some young men in their final school years.
The venue was the concert hall of Newcastle School for Boys, It is occasions such as this which answer my oft asked question “from where will our future jazzmen come?” I am not sure about naming names but two outstanding members of this group were pianist Cameron whose solo piece “Rosemary” was full of feeling and personal style. Jazz at its classical best. Well played young man and I look forward to seeing your name appear again on these or similar pages.
Then there was “Cool Corner Ben” featuring a simply wonderful smooth saxophone solo played by Benjamin. Remember that name. He produces astonishing silk-like notes from his instrument such as I have rarely heard. Well played Ben and thank you all for a simply splendid concert. Take a bow Mr Hopkinson – musical director special.
George W.

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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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