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Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Playtime Collective @ The Jazz Cafe – March 25

Martin Kershaw (alto sax); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This was an amazingly good Jazz North East gig which just got better and better as the night progressed. The quartet play together fortnightly in an upstairs bar in Edinburgh (The Outhouse) where the evenings take on themes not only featuring jazz greats such as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett but also themes such as film nights or TV programmes. For example, there was a glorious rendition of the Match of the Day theme then a merger of 2 children’s favourites The Magic Roundbarb and Custardabout (aka The Magic Roundabout and Rhubarb and Custard).
Tom Bancroft was both informative and self-effacing with his very humorous introductions. He informed the audience that the first ever tune Martin Kershaw had written for the band was called Irritant and Bancroft suggested that it was inspired by himself. As you would expect from such fine musicians (all bandleaders in their own right) the quality of the musicianship was superb. However, what I enjoyed most about the gig was that, although the band had their own distinctive sound, the variety and style of songs that they played always kept me interested and entertained. I am certainly looking forward to seeing them again whenever they return or failing that as a good excuse to visit Edinburgh.
Steve H.

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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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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.)
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