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Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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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 :

  1. '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.

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    1. 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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