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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Swinging into Ushaw













Durham correspondent Tony Eales reports that a good number of Durham folk turned out on a cold November night to hear Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche at Ushaw College. The Francis Thompson Room, with its plush Chesterfields, extended a warm welcome to lovers of matters Manouche. Bandleader Shoulder demonstrated equal facility as a guitar player – forsaking his usual double bass role – alongside Hot Club master guitarist Giles Strong. Pianist Paul Edis left the Steinway behind at Edis Towers, preferring to turn up at Ushaw with a clarinet!
December’s concert at Ushaw College is a major affair. An astounding seven piece band led by Alan Barnes will present his seasonal A Jazz Christmas Carol. Make a note of the date – Saturday 17th December. It starts at 7:30pm, tickets are a bargain at seven pounds,  and, for such a paltry sum, you will get to hear Barnes, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Robert Fowler and a rhythm section of Dave Newton, Simon Thorpe and Clark Tracey! Christmas has come early! To buy that ideal Christmas present of two tickets (more if so desired), telephone Ushaw College now: 0191 334 5119.      
Russell.
(Archive photo courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)

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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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