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

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Tuesday Sept. 6

(Review by Lance)
The Jazz Café in Newcastle's Pink Lane, tucked away just out of sight of the Central Station, is known worldwide. Back in the days of the late Keith Crombie it was the place to be if you'd been headlining at the City Hall or the Theatre Royal. Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis and various thespians from the RSC were just some who dropped by  after the last curtain call and the late Keith basked in their patronage just as they expressed their delight at finding somewhere different. The forthcoming film - The Geordie Jazzman - by independent filmmaker Abi Lewis will bring back memories of those glorious days that many thought would never return to the now, sanitised, refurbished Caff.
They were wrong! The old days were here again when the American band, the Wayfaring Souls, who are in town backing Eric Burdon at the City Hall tonight showed up and played a whole lotta rockin' blues!
Russell, who stayed on after I'd left, will tell us more about their later blast but, lemme tell ya, what I heard was plenty good enough for me! I'd like to think that Crombie was looking down and nodding approvingly whilst, at the same time, saying, "Where the .... is Burdon? He never could turn up on time!
The Wayward Souls: Davey Allen (pno/vcl); Johnzo West (gtr); Ruben Salinas (ten); Evan Mackey (tmb); Justin Andres (bs gtr); Dustin Koester (dms).
Earlier,
Pete Gilligan (pno); John Pope (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Ray Johnson (flug); Vince Webb (pno); Matt Mackellar (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); Thomas Dixon (alt); Omid Ramak (dms); Adam Sams (gtr); Austin Cherry (bs) Ngoni ? (vcl) and an unnamed guitarist  also had their moments but tonight belonged to the visitors although, it has to be said that, on a man to man basis, our guys held their own.
But, music isn't an Olympic sport and, I'm sure, a good time was had by all.
Lance.
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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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