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Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

What the Dickens? A Jazz Christmas Carol!!!

That most Dickensian of characters Alan Barnes returns to Ushaw College this Saturday  to read from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The virtuoso reedsman will enjoy the company of several fellow British jazz musicians in this most seasonal of gigs. They will be playing Barnes’ music in a setting of Dickens’ much-loved perennial. Joining Barnes are the bona fide A-listers Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, Dave Newton, Simon Thorpe and Clark Tracey!

Far from playing Scrooge, Ushaw College is all but giving away this Christmas goodie. A line-up such as this should set you back £15, £20 perhaps. Oh, no it won’t! You can buy a ticket for the princely sum of SEVEN POUNDS. Don’t tell Ushaw College that this is the bargain of the year, simply book now, before there is a price hike! Phone 0191 334 5119, buy a ticket, then buy another one, they’re such a bargain. The concert starts at 7:30pm in the Exhibition Hall at Ushaw College, signposted from Neville’s Cross on the outskirts of Durham City, on Saturday 17 December. This year Christmas will be coming early!

Russell.
A Dickens Addendum
Just announced are the 2016 British Jazz Award winners. And, it just so happens, several of them will be at Ushaw College, Durham on Saturday (17 December). Alan Barnes will be presenting his A Jazz Christmas Carol with his star-studded octet which boasts award winners galore! Barnes himself takes the clarinet award, Mark Nightingale tops the 2016 trombone poll and Clark Tracey wins the best drummer category.
Trumpet ace Bruce Adams makes the top five, Karen Sharp and Robert Fowler are placed second and third in the tenor sax list, Simon Thorpe, bass, comes in at number four with a  famous name taking the honours - Dankworth, Alec. Pianist Dave Newton finishes runner up to Jason Rebello, and Alan Barnes and Karen Sharp placed third and fourth behind the organ wizard Ross Stanley in the Miscellaneous Instrument category (baritone saxophone being their ‘misc’ instrument).     
So, there will be award winners in every pew at Ushaw College this Saturday (17 Dec), it could be advisable to book your ticket now on 0191 334 5119  
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.
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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