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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tommy Smith to host Glasgow jazz summer school

(Press release)
Saxophonist Tommy Smith is hosting a 5-day summer school for young jazz musicians at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow from July 24 to 28.
The school, which coincides with Glasgow Jazz Festival, aims to benefit musicians between the ages of 12 and 17 who are beginning to develop their skills in spontaneous composition and jazz improvisation and wish to take their playing to the next level.
A hugely experienced musician who has his own youth orchestra as well as directing the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and touring the world with Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen’s ECM recording trio, Smith heads the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s jazz course and will lead a team of  internationally renowned educators, recording artists and performers in delivering the summer school programme.
“It’s an intensive programme designed to inspire young musicians,” says Smith. “The focus will be on group performance, while offering specific instrumental guidance on key elements of improvisation and performance, and we welcome all instruments.”
Participants will receive master classes on their chosen instruments, jazz theory classes, and recording experience and as well as the all-star tutors giving concerts, at the end of the week all the participants will take part in a public group performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The school runs from 10am to 5pm each day and the fee is £240. For further information, log onto https://www.rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses/jazz/

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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