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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 Thursday August 16

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tunde Jegede:'Testimony'. Concert and two workshops - July 12 & 13

The Jazz Cafe in collaboration with Waka Waka Africa is proud to present a solo concert, the “Tunde Jegede Testimony Tour : 21 Concerts in 21 Cities” at 8pm on Wednesday 12th July in the Black Swan Bar and Venue, Newcastle Arts Centre, 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG.
Tunde Jegede is an internationally renowned kora (African harp) player, cellist and composer whose remarkable music bridges African and European musical traditions. 
There will be a short support set of songs from a young, local singer,Victor Yugire and Tunde will also be giving two music workshops.
Tunde Jegede grew up in London where his Nigerian father was artist in residence at the Keskidee Centre, Britain’s first Black Arts Centre, and where Tunde encountered a range of artists and activists including Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Angela Davis. In the Gambia as a child he studied the kora and the ancient Griot traditions of West Africa; in London he studied the cello and western composition.
In addition to work with classical orchestras he composes for film, theatre, dance, opera and music theatre productions. He has also worked with former members of the Jazz Warriors and writes for vocalists in the pop, R‘N’B, Reggae and Hip Hop fields.
WORKSHOPS
Workshop # 1 - Wednesday 12th from 6pm to 7pm in the Black Swan. An introduction to the Kora  (West African Harp) and the Griot tradition dating back to the 13th century. Workshop and talk for students, musicians and members of the public. £10.00.
Workshop # 2 – Thursday 13th from 10.30am to 12.00 / 12.30 in the Jazz Cafe, 25-27 Pink Lane NE1 5DW. A creative music workshop for musicians and students of music. An exploration on composition from an African perspective. This workshop is for people of mixed musical abilities and instruments as long as they are able to bring their own. There is no age restriction for this workshop but numbers are restricted to 20.  £15.00
 Admission to both workshops for a discount of £20.00
Advanced booking is necessary for the workshops since space is restricted. Tickets for both the workshops and the concert are on sale at The Jazz Cafe from noon on Tuesdays to Saturdays Tel. 0191 222 9882. When booking for a workshop a phone number or email address should be left.
Tickets for the concert, priced £8.00 advance / £7.00 Under 18’s (£10.00 on the door) are also on sale online at www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk.
Press release.

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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.
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