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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Up North Southern Roundup

(Report by Russell).
Bebop Spoken Here’s roving reporter Tony Eales has been out and about Down South. If there’s a gig, Our Man Eales is sure to be there. Last week’s Empty Shop welcomed Alan Glen. The veteran master pianist wowed the crowd with his expansive modern jazz piano playing in the company of bassist John Pope and drummer Paul Wight. The next concert at 35c Framwellgate Bridge in Durham features the Peter Gilligan Trio (May 5).
The following day (Friday 8) Eales took in the Graham Hardy-Paul Edis lunchtime gig at the Gala Theatre, Durham. The Studio space all but sold out for the occasion – lunchtime jazz clearly a preference for some – to hear timeless numbers and a few of originals. Boot St Blues (comp. Hardy), Parisian Thoroughfare, Black and Tan Fantasy, All the Things You Are, a JS Bach two part invention – just a selection of the tunes heard at the Gala. On May 20 (1:00pm) you can hear the Lindsay Hannon Plus.
Yesterday was Big Band Sunday for Eales. His regular lunchtime appointment at the Park Inn, Hartlepool with Musicians Unlimited didn’t disappoint. Mick Donnelly begged leave of absence and the dependable Peter Morgan picked-up the MD baton. Vocal duties were shared by the veteran GAS book interpreter Mr Bob Caswell and Young Pretender to his crown Mr Paul Skerritt.
Eales was impressed by trumpeter Bill Watson’s solo on I Remember Clifford at the early Sunday evening meeting of Darlington Jazz Club at St Augustine’s (Larchfield Street) as the Darlington Big Band drew a fair few enthusiasts less than a fortnight before the start of this year’s Darlington Jazz Festival.
Tony Eales heads north this week for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. You can’t miss him – he’ll have a handful of leaflets promoting gigs in Darlington, Durham, Wigan, Scarborough, Los Angeles and he’ll be enthusing about a new out of this world big band session he’s just heard about on Mars.             
Russell.

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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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