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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.

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

Friday, October 07, 2016

14 days and counting…book the baby sitter now!

The nights are drawing in, Christmas is coming, it's Vasilis Xenopoulos time! October means one thing…Vasilis Xenopoulos will soon be back in town. Book the baby sitter now! On Friday 21 October at the Traveller’s Rest in Cockerton, Darlington, the tenor saxophonist extraordinaire will once again attract a capacity audience. The doors open   at eight o’clock. Arrive by 7:30pm to join the queue, leave it any later and you can kiss goodbye to a seat! Vasi will be working with pianist Paul Edis, bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan (drums). If you live within a fifty-mile radius of DL3 9ER be there!

Xenopoulos and Edis cross the border – Northumberland/Cumbria – to play a couple of engagements before reuniting with Champion and Morgan at the Black Bull in Blaydon on Sunday 23. The first set starts at 8:00pm. Best seats are at a premium at Blaydon Jazz Club, therefore, the best advice is to arrive early. Seven o’clock should do it. Last year’s gig with Vasi and the boys saw the lounge bulging at the seams.
Who’s your favourite pianist? Double bass player? Drummer? Ah, yes. Americans, long since departed to the Big Jazz Club in the Sky. Jazz ain’t what it used to be, you say. Switch off telly, put on coat, head to Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Prepare to eat your pork pie hat! Paul Edis, piano, Andy Champion, double bass and drummer Russ Morgan will make you think you’re on 52nd street. Vasilis Xenopoulos is the real deal. Don’t forget your pork pie hat.  


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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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