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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Reflections on Ushaw by Steve T.

It restores your faith a little when sometimes, just sometimes, good things happen to good people.
In the late eighties, I was one of the chief architects of the Upnorth Soul (Jazz/ Funk) Weekenders which are now considered one of the best ‘party’ events in the world. Many people were involved in them but we did it because we wanted it to be brilliant, which for a time it was, and almost despite the organiser.
Many people helped to put the Ushaw Festival together and most of us, yes because we want it to be brilliant, but also because we wanted to help Paul.

The inaugural Upnorth Weekender was held in Berwick, but six months later it had moved to Fleetwood, then Morecambe before it settled for the next couple of decades in Southport.
For some reason, we in the North East never seem to have confidence in our own potential to do something extra special. However, we now have an inordinate number of musicians and bands, in no small part, because of people like Paul Edis, James Birkett, Shaune Eland and many others.
The first Ushaw Festival, at its best, was amazingly good, but we probably now know it was two, maybe three, North East Bands short of epoch defining.
We need to redress the balance between the generations with young people mostly represented by the Early Birds, some other musicians, Russell and a few couples, but with shifting population trends as the baby-boomers come through, this is going to be an issue everywhere
The location is amazing, the building resplendent, the theatre magical and the lounge just like sitting in your front room at home. Any Jazz musician who wouldn’t want to play in that theatre and jam in that lounge, you wouldn’t want.
If it can again attract national giants of the calibre of Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Nigel Price and Ross Stanley, and Paul has the respect nationally (not to mention his contacts in the House of Lords) to attract them, we could be looking at American acts in the future and, while I would hate to jinx it, knocking on the door of Cheltenham, Marsden and Ilkley (not forgetting GIJF!) as one of the best weekend Jazz Festivals in the country.
Steve T.

5 comments :

  1. All your hard work and organising skills paid off Paul. It was a great weekend hopefully repeated for many years to come. The musicians I know all have great respect for you. x

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  2. Yes it was a brilliant event, thanks to Paul and all the musicians. Only wish we had gone to the whole weekend but Saturday was so good. Hope it happens again x

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  3. There was another name on my list of people who have made an enormous contribution to North East Jazz, Lance unfortunately deleted it.

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    1. I decided it was more suited to being one of the 'many others'

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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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