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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Old Hat Jazz Band

(Review by Russell)
A few short years ago a young guitarist turned up at the Chillingham, Newcastle looking to sit in at Dave Weisser’s now legendary jazz workshop (See photo circa 2008 – Ed.). Quiet, perhaps shy, possibly a sixth form student, ‘James’ (the surname then unknown, guardedly unknown) got up and joined the house band. Trumpeter Weisser and long-time associate Barry Ascroft (piano) welcome all-comers and ‘James’ took his chance, reading the charts, taking a solo, a new face on the scene. Some time later James went to London, end of story. Not quite…
The shy young man from the Tyne Valley recently returned to the region as a member of the band Glasshopper to play a gig at the Bridge Hotel. Last week James Kitchman – yes, the same ‘James’ first heard at the Chillingham – played a gig at this year’s BBC Proms! Tuesday evening’s BBC Proms Extra Lates programme strand (BBC Radio 3, 10:00pm) was recorded on 28th July in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall featuring jazz and poetry. 
The Old Hat Jazz Band – young musicians playing ‘old hat’ jazz – includes in its ranks one James Kitchman. The band, a quintet, played all-original material inspired by a love of 1920s jazz. Their set was interspersed with readings by Kim Moore from her new collection of poetry. Until recently Moore supported her writing by working in schools as a peripatetic brass instrument teacher.
The programme of three-quarters of an hour duration was a delight from start to finish. It is available on BBC iPlayer for the next three weeks or so. Highly recommended.
Note to the aspiring musician: sitting-in at Dave Weisser’s Take it to the Bridge session – weekly, Wednesdays, now at Jazz Co-op HQ, the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle – is a good career move!
Russell
Old Hat Jazz Band: Elizabeth Excell (drums), Mike Soper (trumpet), William Scott (clarinet), James Kitchman (guitar) & Louis Thomas (bass)

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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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