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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.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The FT4 set to reconvene

This Tuesday (Jan 9) the Francis Tulip Quartet will resume its 2017/2018 tour in Hexham. The Fox on West End Terrace is home to Hexham Jazz Club and the appearance by Francis Tulip and ‘the lads’ will make more than a few sit up and take notice. Advertised variously as a 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm start, the first set is scheduled to get underway at 8:30pm. Best seats are at a premium so arriving a little earlier, say eight o’clock, isn’t a bad idea. Birmingham Conservatoire guitar student Tulip will be in the company of pianist Joel Brown, Guildhall bassist Michael Dunlop, and drummer Matt MacKellar, currently ‘on vacation’ from Berklee, Boston, USA. It’s free admission, a donation would be appreciated and you’ll be helping sustain the regional jazz economy.
The Francis Tulip Quartet’s set list is likely to encompass a GASbook standard or two together with a few paint stripping bop and post-bop charts. The FT4’s final gig of the tour sees them calling in at the award-winning Quakerhouse pub in Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington on Sunday, Jan 14. A nominal admission charge will apply and it’s worth every penny (or cent in Matt’s case!). The first set begins at 6:00pm, there will be an interval raffle (it’s the jazz economy), and they’ll be done and dusted by eight o’clock unless they win an encore…and they will! 

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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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