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Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra - Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 8SF. Tel: 0844 811 2121. 7:30pm. £45.50. & £34.00. First night of two.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

George Shovlin & The Radars - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Jazz at the Lit and Phil – March-July 2018

All concerts are 1-2pm
March 16th – James Harrison Trio - £5 admission
James Harrison is a recent graduate of the prestigious BMus course from Sage, Gateshead. He has quickly established himself as a recognised figure on the North East jazz scene regularly working with a host of different bands including the Lindsay Hannon Plus, Mick Donnelly's Musicians' Unlimited and giving regular solo performances. His trio will perform a mixture of standards alongside pieces you wouldn't perhaps expect to be played in a jazzy fashion!

April 6th – James Birkett and Bradley Johnston Duo - £5 admission
From Eddie Lang, through Django Reinhardt, to Pat Metheny and beyond, the guitar continues to have a universal appeal. James and Bradley present a programme of music by some of the most influential players of the last hundred years – taking the audience on a musical journey which moves from early jazz and blues, through swing and bebop, to cool and contemporary jazz.

May 4th – Alan Barnes and Paul Edis - £8 admission
Alan Barnes is one of the most in demand performers on the British Jazz Scene. A virtuoso performer on saxophone, Clarinet and Flute he has toured the world as a soloist and performed alongside a list of luminaries including Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC Big Band, Van Morrison, Jamie Cullum, Charlie Watts, Bryan Ferry and Paloma Faith. For this concert he teams up with ‘brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, Guardian) Paul Edis who has recently been described as a ‘new voice in jazz’ (Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal)

June 22nd – Ushaw Ensemble £5 admission – this gig is supported by JazzNorth
The Ushaw Ensemble perform music that combines a mix of jazz, folk and contemporary classical influences exploring longer form jazz. Pianist and composer Paul Edis was originally commissioned to write a piece to celebrate the life of St. Cuthbert by Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral. Following this the band was selected by JazzNorth for their Northern Line touring scheme and has performed at venues across the north.
July 14th – Virtuoso Jazz Trio  - £5

‘The Virtuoso Jazz Trio’s repertoire is firmly rooted in the very best of the Great American Songbook. Their interaction with each other and the audience is a key factor in the shaping of the music, making each performance unique and very memorable. George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) and Tony Abell (bass). 

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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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