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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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Women Play Jazz! Workshops @ The Globe, Saturdays - January 6 -27

Four workshops led by Cumbrian Jilly Jarman -  composer, singer, arts organiser - resulted in several of us having a great time, playing and learning, rounded off with a gathering where we performed for each other and had a feast of food to indulge in. I suppose about 20 women, in all. were involved, though not everyone was able to attend every session. And what a good- humoured lot we were – there were certainly plenty of laughs.
I don’t know where all these capable musicians have been hiding – we had a good steady bass guitarist, a drummer, a pianist (who doubles on euphonium!), 3 or 4 alto saxes, a tenor or two,  2 or 3 flutes, and about 5 of us vocalists. Oh, and the drummer sings too. 
Jilly got us to do as much as possible by ear, which is challenging but so useful to get the real ‘feel’ of the music, and a good preparation for doing one’s bit in jam sessions. One of the aims of the course was to get more used to jam sessions, so we worked on a wide variety of material such as Willow Weep For Me (ballad); Trouble In Mind (bluesy); Evil Ways (Santana’s Latin number); and tricky numbers like Stolen Moments and Coltrane’s  Equinox. We learned about the various hand signals used in jams, some of which I’d never seen before, and possibly won’t again, but it does no harm to know anyway. We all tried the percussion instruments from Jilly’s bag of goodies, and I tried the Globe’s set of hand drums, which I love to play, but which may not be so enjoyable for the listeners!
Our final gathering and feast included music and songs such as Put It Where You Want It; Frim Fram Sauce; Work Song; Black Coffee; Unchain My Heart and Summertime (Sorry Lance!)  We discussed the differences between playing music with men and playing in all- women groups. We all enjoy mixed groups but we thought that it’s much harder for men to admit it if they make a mistake, which leads to all sorts of problems for both genders. We are still considering about whether to continue this project in some form. But what fun we had!
Thank you so much to Jilly, and also to Sheila Herrick for organising, and to Jenny Lingham for doing the till and the sound system.  

Ann Alex

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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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