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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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Celebrate 20 years of Concerts @ Caedmon by NCRO

Yes, it really is 20 years since we played our first concert at Gateshead's Caedmon Hall, ambitiously titled "From Scott Joplin to Duke Ellington", where we were joined by Birmingham's Nick Ward, one of the finest vintage-style drummers in the country, and the following year by Keith Nichols, master of ragtime and stride piano. Since then we've developed a reputation for both musical authenticity and entertaining presentation from larger-than-life (and getting larger) saxophone star Steve Andrews. Keith and Nick will both be joining us for our anniversary concert on Friday 9th February, along with our very own Caroline on vocals. So if you like ragtime, jazz and hot dance music from the 1920s and 1930s, this is a night not to miss!
Caedmon Hall is part of Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. It's an intimate venue with ample free parking, bar facilities and disabled access. Tickets (£15) can be reserved from Dave Kerr by telephone on 0191 281 4011 or by email at: and will also be available on the door, advance bookings permitting. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 7.30 pm.
We hope you can join us for another vintage night of musical mayhem!
Best wishes
Phil Rutherford
The New Century Ragtime Orchestra

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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.)
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