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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

CD Review: Remi Harris - In On The 2

Remi Harris (lead/rhythm guitar); Mike Green (bass).
(Intro by Lance).
This remarkable CD came with a free Yardbird Arts ball-pen - who says I can't be bought!
I rarely print press releases in place of a personal review  (with or without a free pen). Often the press releases end up as paper airplanes or are used for less, but often more fitting, salubrious purposes. However, on this occasion, the PR says it all and I can but rubber stamp it along with the approval accorded to this young man from that hotbed of jazz - Worcestershire - by John Etheridge, Martin Taylor, Jamie Cullum and Digby Fairweather.
From the opening bars of Can't Buy Me Love, as Django may have played it, to the earthiness of Need Your Love so  Bad I figured this was something special.
It was and is!

(Press Release)
Following a packed 2015 which saw his debut album placed in the "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart" top 30, numerous plays on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 and accolades from Jamie Cullum & Cerys Matthews. He was awarded 2nd place in the Rising Star Category of the 2015 British Jazz Awards and named in The Culture Trip's "10 Young British Jazz Musicians You Should Know” and now Remi is back with a new release on the newly formed label 'Yardbird Arts'.
Whilst he is best known for his playing within the gypsy swing and jazz genres, Remi draws influences from many other forms of music. Be it his roots as a rock and blues guitarist or his interest in hip-hop, electronic and world music, he is keen to allow all of his influences to shine through at every given opportunity. While his debut was very much a 'Gypsy Jazz' album this latest release, though clearly rooted in gypsy swing, features a more eclectic selection of tracks, each morphing into something unique under Remi’s hands.
From the infectious Djangoesque rendition of The Beatles, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, to an intense and rampant arrangement of Ray Noble’s “Cherokee”. This leads to “Cissy Strut”, written by funk band The Meters and featuring Mike Green on the double bass. “Round Midnight” is a smoky jazz ballad, dreamy and soothing. Next up is a unique take on Dhafer Youssef's “Odd Elegy”, an interesting composition written in the time signature 39/16. “Have You Met Miss Jones” stands as a tribute to one of the jazz greats, Joe Pass, and with Buddy Montgomery’s “Bock to Bock”, Remi uses an archtop jazz guitar to channel the sensuous sounds of guitarist Wes Montgomery. Neil Young's Old man is played on a solid body electric guitar and sees Remi utilising a bottleneck slide, while Bill Evans' “Waltz for Debby” is a personal choice for Remi and is dedicated to his Grandad. This is followed by is a driving gypsy style version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. The final winding and delicate, bluesy number is “Need Your Love So Bad” which features Remi on his solid body electric guitar.
 All guitars on 'In On The 2' were played by Remi with the lead parts being recorded first to a guide track, and the rhythm parts played to the recorded lead parts. This was done to allow Remi to respond as a jazz rhythm section might to the lead playing to create a more live and improvised sound. Double bass was played by seasoned pro, Mike Green.

For more info please visit Remi’s website -

'In On The 2' is exclusively available through -

“incredible guitarist... I'm absolutely blown away by his talent" Jamie Cullum

"Remi Harris is one of the most exciting young guitarists in the Gypsy Jazz world” Martin Taylor

"a tremendously gifted young player” John Etheridge

"absolutely brilliant" Cerys Matthews

“astonishing” Digby Fairweather

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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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