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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Tuesday March 20


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


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Friday, January 05, 2018

CD Review: Mark Cherrie Quartet - Joining the Dots

 Mark Cherrie (steel pan); John Donaldson (piano); Mick Hutton (bass); Eric Ford (drums) + Dominic Grant (guitar); Dave O'Higgins (tenor); Nigel Price (el. guitar); Sumudu (vocals).
(Review by Lance).
The steel pan isn't an instrument normally associated with jazz and, had I not spent some time with Newcastle's Chilli Road Band I wouldn't have known a steel pan from a frying pan. Fortunately, that period of my life opened up my eyes to the capabilities of the instrument although it took this CD by Mark Cherrie to realise its jazz possibilities.
The sound is quite unique - somewhere between a Fender Rhodes and a vibraphone without being close to either.

Trinidadian Cherrie is a fluent improviser and he made a point of recording a jazz album rather than one that reflected his Caribbean roots. He's certainly done that.
Donaldson on piano impresses as does Sumudu's vocal on one of Cherrie's compositions, Just Like Lovers Do. A tune worthy of any of the GASbook masters. The other guests make cameo appearances but this is Mark Cherrie's moment. He's played steel pans for 40 years and if there is a better player - show me.
The album is launched on January 10 at the 606 Club and goes on general release on February 2.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
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