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Alan Broadbent: “I really enjoy working with some singers. It depends. Again, there has to be a give and take between the two of us. Otherwise, it’s just a job and I’m too old for that now.”(Jazz Times February 2015).

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Alan Broadbent: “As soon as I heard where Georgia [Mancio] was coming from, and the tradition in terms of songwriting and her appreciation of standards, it was basically the same as mine.” – (Jazzwise April 2017)

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Archives.

Today Thursday March 30.

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band- The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 3NG. 7:30pm. £19/£17.50 (conc.)
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Tees Hot Club w. Bruce Taylor (keys); John Brett (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Seven days and counting…

(Preview by Russell).
Until the return of Vasilis Xenopoulos! Master tenor saxophonist Xenopoulos will be at the Traveller’s Rest on West Auckland Road in Darlington a week today, Friday 21st. A whistle stop tour (Darlington, two dates in Cumbria, then Blaydon) reunites Xenopoulos with pianist Paul Edis. Friends since working together in London, Vasi makes an annual visit to the region never failing to wow audiences with his swinging tenor playing. A gig with Paul Edis, bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan, drums, is an occasion no one should miss.

So, you have not one, but two opportunities to hear Xenopoulos in action. First at Opus 4 Jazz Club at the Traveller’s Rest, then on Sunday 23rd at the Black Bull, Blaydon. They are pay on the door gigs but the best advice is to arrive early. Pitch the tent midweek and that should just about guarantee admission, although others ahead of you in the queue are sure to bag the seats. Darlington and Blaydon will be standing-room-only affairs with the clubs’ regulars operating a three line whip. Doors at Darlington will open at eight o’clock with the first set starting at 8:30. At Blaydon the first set gets under way at eight.
Tynesiders heading to Darlington by train should head to Tubwell Row to catch a bus out to Cockerton (Traveller’s Rest). Late trains to Newcastle run either side of midnight. The Black Bull gig is easily accessible from Newcastle. The 10A (6:40pm), and 12 (6:45pm) from Eldon Square Bus Station will get you there in good time to grab a seat and there is a reliable, convenient last bus at 10:55 arriving Clayton Street West at five past eleven. A Bebop Spoken Here Gold Star Award awaits those who make Darlington and Blaydon!       

Russell.        

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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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