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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

CD Review: Mike Gamble & His Rhythm Serenaders

A delightful CD that takes me back to those days when Swing ruled and the music was aimed as much at your feet and your heart as opposed to later jazz which was more cerebral directed. Nothing wrong with either approach. Music must reach out to all of our senses and this one does just that.
Gamble is a bassist - Robert Moog once lived next door to him although you'd never have guessed from this CD!

It's an album that recreates rather than reinvents classic moments of the Swing Era. Time-Life did a more imaginative vinyl project 20/30 - maybe more - years ago using top studio guys some of whom had been on the originals. Which prompts the question - in either case - why?
The clarinet apes Benny and Artie, tenor sounds like Bud or Boomie, guitar sounds like Christian.. Laurie Windley could almost be mistaken for Billie in a blindfold test - almost!
Like the earlier Time-Life compilation, Organic Records claim that the superior recording techniques make this a viable alternative to the originals. "Recorded with modern engineering techniques, the music speaks for itself with a clarity that patrons of ballrooms like the Savoy, the Alhambra, the Cotton Club and the Palomar could only enjoy live."
Gamble runs Lindy Focus in Asheville, NC, The largest festival of swing and dance music in the USA. The annual five-day shindig features swing bands and dancers and it may be to this latter group that this CD is aimed at. It certainly had me Lindyhopping as I listened - the plaster comes off next week!
Forget the originals - as if! No, instead, just treat this as carrying the torch of yesterday to tomorrow.
CD Release August 12 on Organic Records.

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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.)
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