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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Mark Williams Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle – Jan 28

Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review/photo by Steve H.)
Thursday night at the The Globe and a select audience gathered to hear the Mark Williams Trio. The band played two sets of material the style of which went from classic guitar trio to jazz rock fusion a la crème and many things in-between. All the tunes played were original compositions although they had a familiar feel to them which enabled the audience to hook into the swing of things comfortably.  
The three musicians played with considerable aplomb Williams and Susans showing great command of their electric instruments backed by sympathetic drumming from Morgan. In my opinion I thought Morgan could have been more forceful and driven things with a little more dynamism but I seemed to be in a minority of one because everyone else I spoke to really appreciated his subtle approach.  A highly entertaining evening much enjoyed by the entire audience.
Steve,

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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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