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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

RIP Allan Holdsworth.

(Obituary by Steve T)
Legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth died on Sunday April 16 aged 70. Born in Bradford he was a formidable force in progressive rock and Jazz-Rock through the seventies, featuring in a range of bands, sometimes simultaneously, including Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, Tony Williams Lifetime and Gong, before joining Bill Bruford, John Whetton (who died a few weeks ago) and Eddie Jobson in the prog rock super-group UK, and was subsequently invited by Bill Bruford, who considered him one of the world’s great innovators, to join his new band Bruford.
Allan Holdsworth had a sporadic but acclaimed solo career from 1979.He briefly played with Level 42 at the beginning of the nineties - chart fodder by then with a signature slap bass. The contrast between his meticulous precision playing and Mark King’s juggernaut bass must have been something to behold. He also recorded a much sought after album with first choice bass player Tony Levin and ex Zappa/Magic Band drummer Terry Bozzio.
A forthcoming box set of his solo albums, scheduled for release on Friday, is called The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever. A genuine guitarist’s guitarist, he was unanimously revered by his peers and often considered the greatest ever by those who heard him live, he has now taken his place at the very top table in Guitar Heaven. 
Steve T.
(Lance; For those unable to access my comment link - try it here (or ask your grandkids).


Robert Laing said...

He also played at the "Mecca" (Locarno) in Sunderland for about 3 years in a covers band with my brother in law.

Lance said...

I can't believe I did this in 2008! No offence to Rod and Jim but maybe I made the wrong call on this one!

John Forster (on F/b) said...

He was only amazing !

Rob Butler said...

What was your brother-in-law's name please Robert? I also played in that band.

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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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