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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.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Zoe Rahman @ The Lit & Phil September 29

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This concert had sold out weeks ago as the Lit and Phil regular concert attendees were joined by the many Zoe Rahman admirers. Unusually for a jazz gig, we were given a programme with various biographical details of the artist and also the list of songs that would be performed.
After the first medley of tunes had been played, she asked for a programme so she could see what was she was meant to have played; not surprisingly for a great improviser, this bore little resemblance to the advertised list.
I have seen Zoe Rahman several times over the years and I can honestly say I have never heard her play better. Zoe Rahman is a really engaging performer who connects with her audience immediately. The music just flowed and flowed from one style to another: classical, contemporary, free, Bengali and swing all dovetailed perfectly to enthral the impeccably quiet audience who only made their presence felt when they burst into loud applause at each break in proceedings.
After one hour the music had to stop, although we were treated to a single encore before the piano lid was finally closed. I could have happily rewound to the start and heard the whole thing again.
Steve H.

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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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