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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 Tuesday August 14

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Single review - Album to follow: Brian Newman - Sunday in New York

Brian Newman (trumpet/vocal); Steve Kortyka (tenor/flute); Alex Smith (piano/keys); Daniel Foose (bass guitar); Paul Francis (drums/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Brian Newman hadn't previously registered on my radar although if I'd been following Lady Gaga, as so many of you do, Newman wouldn't have been an unfamiliar name.
La Gaga connection goes back to when he was working as a bartender in a downtown club in NYC (this is the stuff that dreams are made of!) back in 2003 and became friends with the superstar. Move forward in time to 2015 and the Gaga/Tony Bennett Cheek to Cheek tour. Newman was on that and when the duo recorded Lady is a Tramp on the Duets 11album, it was Brian Newman who blew the trumpet solo.

Now, he's signed up to release an album on Verve under his own name and this  audio clip is a very appetising taster.
Uptempo, faster than previous versions, hip vocal, piano keeps the ball in play then, ALAKAZAM! trumpet comes in like Roy Eldridge on a good day which, as us older guys will testify to, is a very good day indeed! tenor blows a 'where have you been all my life' solo and bass and drums round things off nicely for Newman to throw in a few bars vocalese before going to bed. That was quite a Sunday, that Sunday in New York!
Can't wait for the album to be released.
Watch this space!
Lance.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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