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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.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Classic Swing Latest

Classic Swing, I'm told, has made a good start at their new Tuesday lunchtime venue - The Ship in Monkseaton - drawing a decent sized crowd for their first gig. Likewise, their Monday afternoon session at the Marquis of Granby, Sunniside*, is also building up. Tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 1), they play at the Elephant, home of Ashington Jazz Club, where South African reedman/vocalist Roy Burrows is the featured guest artist.
Burrows, a sidekick of Classic Swing's ace trumpet player Bob Wade back when Wade was also part of the South African jazz scene, is spending some time in the northeast and is expected to pop up again at the Classic Swing lunchtime gigs mentioned above.
Tommy Graham is now on drums with the band making the finalised lineup: Bob Wade (trumpet/flugel/clarinet); Jim McBriarty (sax/clarinet/vocal); Colin Haikney (keys)**; Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums)***; Olive Rudd (vocals).
Lance.
*As a further incentive to visit the Marquis, on Mondays they have a BOGOF (Buy one get one free) meal deal.
** Malcolm Armstrong on keys @ Marquis.
*** Ian Hetherington on drums @ Elephant.

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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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