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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010. 10:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 05, 2017

From Cullercoats to Copacabana - The Gala Big Band @ The Gala Theatre, Durham.

(Review by Jerry)
I don’t like to see a gig go unreported but I’m currently pressed for time so, apologies to all – this will be brief indeed.
A good crowd at this lovely theatre was entertained by 15 numbers including solo piano – English Country Garden, a quintet take on Satin Doll and vocals on Moondance – with Alex Kennedy, the drummer, at the mic’ while Paul Edis, the MD caressed the drums! Different!
Either side of these variations we had a more typical big band selection with favourites such as The Power of Love, Gershwin’s Embraceable You and the tricky, frenetic Catch as Catch Can, which the band negotiated with aplomb!
In the second set we had All of Me, Come Sunday and back to back Glenn Miller with String of Pearls and Moonlight Serenade. Apologies to the “jazz police” but we loved it. Back on safer jazz ground, Lil’ Darlin’ was followed by an up-tempo, up-volume finish with Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and, by way of an encore (we shouted loudly enough!), One O’Clock Jump.
Seasoning the familiar were three Edis’ originals, a slow ballad, When All Is Said and Done (“Way sad”), the stomping, vaguely rockish, Techtonic and a bossa nova entitled The Coast (which its composer liked to think Jobim might have written had he lived in Tynemouth!). All very good.
The MD, rightly praising his musicians, said that: “With every gig the standard gets better and better”. No-one in the audience would disagree – nor would I and I have seen pretty much all of their gigs since they were founded circa 2015. Great stuff!
Jerry.

2 comments :

Russell said...

'Ello!'Ello!Ello! PC Plod here. I 'ave reason to believe that on or about the 3rd May a big band in Durham played not one but two Glenn Miller tunes. Further more, it has been reported that a piano player atempted to play drums in a public place. It is an offence to impersonate a drummer and if you have any information about this incident please call the Jazz Police.

JERRY said...

I ham advised by my brief to say: "no comment".

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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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