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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jam Session @ The Empty Castle - November 20


(Review by Steve T).
Relocated from the Empty Shop to Durham Castle for one night only and a guest musician relocated from Birmingham for a sleep.
Logistics meant by the time I got there with a guitar it was already in full swing and sounding good.
Matthew Jacobs, playing keyboard, seems to be chief organiser in amongst his degree in maths and physics, which is pretty impressive in itself.
Dylan Purdes held on to the bass for the night and Will Elias was the second of two drummers but the other escaped before I could accost him. The tenor player who was up when I got there also got away.
Time for the locals to infiltrate and number one son didn't need to be asked once. Young Ben Lawrence had declined to bring a trumpet but Matthew managed to coax him behind the keyboard.
Some sound problems meant the next piece turned into a guitar trio - no problem - but once sorted, Ben looked and sounded great, all Glaspered up from his encounter with 'the great man' at Sage Gateshead last Thursday. Give him a vocoder and no doubt he'd have been singing along.
Matthew returned armed with a melodica for an inspired version of Hubbard’s Red ClayThe melodica was a toy instrument until reggae genius (not a word I use lightly) Augustus Pablo turned into a frontline reggae instrument.
For a reason nobody quite understood, the bar suddenly closed at 10pm but through the night they'd played Have You Met Miss Jones? All the Things You Are (obviously), There Will Never be Another You, The Girl from Ipanema, How High the Moon, How Insensitive, Anthropology and Mr PC.
Whether at the salubrious Castle setting in Palace Green, or the earthier Empty Shop in the heart of Durham City, this could turn into a classic night if the locals support it, both musicians and audience, through the coming together of the North East Jazz scene and students from potentially anywhere in the world.
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.
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