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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Tuesday August 14

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jazz Latin Groove @ The Globe: January 28














Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sax); Alan Law (piano); Katy Trigger (bass); Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
It felt as if we were in sunny climes, not in cold Newcastle, as the band seemed to transport us abroad by way of bossa nova, bolero, the tunes of Horace Silver, Jobim, Chic Corea and even Stevie Wonder.
It all began with One Note Samba, a clever set of lyrics about coming back to that one note and also to ‘you’, right through to such songs as Little Sunflower; Afro Blue; 500 Miles High; Sting’s Consider Me Gone; Senor Blues; Corcovado; Spooky; Temptation (Tom Waits) and a couple of songs in Spanish. And each song performed by Debra with sweet-voiced rhythm, and superb solos from each band member.
Alan claimed to have found new organ-like sounds on the piano, to go with his wonderfully adventurous playing: Steve played soprano, tenor and baritone sax (his newest instrument) with aplomb, as well as adding one or two shakey items to the percussion: Katie was as skilled as ever on bass, with a clever bass solo on Spooky: and Nick did the percussion proud with some enthusiastic hand drumming on Afro Blue (on congas) and also delightful sounds on triangle during Corcovado, as well as playing the regular kit.  
I was sorry to have to leave during what I supposed was the last number, to go outside into cold Newcastle, but, with a bit of the sun inside me from hearing the music, the temperature wasn’t too low.
Ann Alex

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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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