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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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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