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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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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Rise and Rise of the House of Ushaw

Where better to have a cup of posh coffee and a cake on a Saturday afternoon than the luxurious Jazz Lounge at splendid Ushaw College?
And what a lovely surprise to find ex-Gala Big Band senior member George Hetherington in the corner tinkling the old ivories on some standards and classics from the Great American Songbook and beyond.
The lounge was busy and the college bustling with people on guided tours, so much so that we heard little of George as our short visit coincided with his break during a guides' talk by the scale model of the college just outside the lounge.
It's open every Saturday from 1 until 5 with a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, savouries and cakes and George is there throughout.
Steve T.

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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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