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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mike and Ruthy Band - Summertyne Americana Festival 2016 @ Sage Gateshead: July 22

(Review by Ann Alex)
After Windborne, it was up to the Summertyne Lounge aka the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, for the Mike And Ruthy Band, but the only details I caught were:
Ruthy (vocals, fiddle, banjo, ukelele banjo, guitar); Mike (vocals, guitar, banjo); Rob (pedal steel guitar); Jacob (bass guitar); Conrad (drums).  Also on some songs 3 Scottish musicians on trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, names not given.
Entirely a matter of taste, this was a really good band, superb musicians doing original songs besides those of Woody Guthrie and Richard Thompson, folkie in a rocky sort of style, and very much appreciated by the full to capacity audience, but I preferred the quieter approach of Windborne.
The Band’s chat was interesting, such as the tale of how they were invited to perform at a house-concert, which turned out to be in a squat where wooden furniture was being burned to keep people warm. And the tale of the song Ruthy wrote about her second pregnancy, saying how she was excused from doing anything she didn’t want to do, entitled Simple And Sober.  Other songs included New York City Is The Town Where I Found You; The Farmer; Legends Only Appear In Black And White; Vincent 1952 (?)(Richard Thompson); Goldeneye.   The concert was neatly rounded off with On The Way Home, with the brass section joining in.
The earlier support act was good listening, Gill Landry (guitar, mouthorgan) and Matt Parke (pedal steel guitar) doing sad love songs and songs of Americans who felt disaffected by their lives. I especially liked what the Sage technicians were doing with the lights, pretty disco effects for some of the songs, and a screen with the USA stars and stripes on the stage.
I see that Imelda May performs at the festival tomorrow, that should be good.  Just a thought: Is she related to Theresa May, and should she be appointed as the next PM? And I wonder if Theresa May can sing? Yes, I’m completely sober whilst making these reflections, you wouldn’t want to know what I think about while I’m drunk, unless it’s to imagine Russell dressed as a cowboy!
Ann Alex

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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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