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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Saturday December 15

Afternoon

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Hatton Gallery, King's Road, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 277 8877. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 2:50pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Concourse, free.

Jambone + Folkestra - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Sage Two, free but ticketed.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Big Band Theory - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 6:30pm. £5.00.

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - The Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. Tel: 0191 265 9602. 7:30pm. £7.50.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:30pm. £12.00. + £1.38. bf.

Strictly Speakeasy - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £20.00. Lindy jazz ‘Snow Ball.

Cozyjo - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Cozyjo) Christmas Cracker.

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Darlington’s full house for NYJO

(Report by Russell)
Our big band correspondent reports that last night’s NYJO concert in Darlington attracted a full house. The Dolphin Centre’s Central Hall was at capacity for a big band double bill featuring the County Durham Youth Big Band and, topping the bill, NYJO. Bill Ashton’s world-renowned National Youth Jazz Orchestra, these days led by Mark Armstrong (born in Newcastle upon Tyne!), rarely ventures north of Watford Gap. The occasional foray to Big Band Central (aka Wigan) or a foreign assignment (Milan next week!), otherwise it’s mainly gigs within the M25’s orbit rather than Jupiter’s.
Bebop Spoken Here’s Tony Eales noted a marvellous alto solo on Boplicity as a highlight of the Durham County Youth Big Band’s set. At short notice NYJO called upon Tom Hill to dep in the trumpet section and MD Mark Armstrong showed them how to do it with an outstanding trumpet solo of his own.
Well done to Darlington Jazz Club for making this concert a reality. Few, if any, northern cities could be counted on to get the audience out on a Monday night for a big band gig. 
Russell.

3 comments :

Nigel Tully, Executive Chair, NYJO said...

Russell - thanks very much for the kind review - but I must correct you about the location of NYJO's gigs, at least two-thirds of our 40 gigs a year are outside the M25. Ad they should be - the word National in our name is a clue ! Signed Nigel Tully, born in Barnsley - a proud Yorkshireman.

Mark Armstrong said...

Great review - thanks! Just to back up what Nigel said - we actually have done a lot of touring in the North of England recently! We've been up to Hull, Leeds, Bingley, Carlisle and Gateshead just to name a few fine Northern towns - and we often support this touring ourselves to ensure the music gets heard by as many people as possible. Plans for a major project in Manchester coming soon...

Russell said...

Gentlemen, I take your point that NYJO gigs are more widespread. That said, I note that after Milan it's Kent, Cheltenham and several appearances in London!

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