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

Today Saturday December 15

Afternoon

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Hatton Gallery, King's Road, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 277 8877. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 2:50pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Concourse, free.

Jambone + Folkestra - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Sage Two, free but ticketed.

Evening

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

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

Big Band Theory - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 6:30pm. £5.00.

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - The Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. Tel: 0191 265 9602. 7:30pm. £7.50.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:30pm. £12.00. + £1.38. bf.

Strictly Speakeasy - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £20.00. Lindy jazz ‘Snow Ball.

Cozyjo - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Cozyjo) Christmas Cracker.

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

For your diary...

Quite a weekend coming up starting at the Jazz Café on Thursday night (that's tomorrow March 15) at 8pm. This JNE promotion sees the launch of the long-awaited album by the Riviera Quartet.
Pete Tanton (trumpet); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) are guaranteed to delight the audience with their post-bop approach to what was going on in the south of France in 1962 by Dizzy Gillespie. Can't guarantee Riviera weather but the music will make up for it. Kicks off at 8pm and it's only £6 although you are advised to bring more as you are sure going to want to buy a CD. In fact, £10 gets you entry and a CD!

However, don't think you will get a long lie in on Friday morning. No sir, not if you want to hear the classiest piano trio around who are playing at the Lit and Phil, Westgate Rd., Newcastle, at 1pm
I'm referring to the James Harrison Trio - James (piano); Anthony Ord (bass) and Tom Chapman (drums). Although relatively young by the jazz icons of yesteryear already, even though still in their '20s (I think), they've achieved well-deserved recognition amongst their peers. The first time I heard Harrison I was reminded of the first time I heard Paul Edis. Both had, and still have, a freshness of approach that makes listening to either such a pleasure. With Ord and Chapman lending solid support this will be the fastest hour you've ever known.
You'll need some time to chill out and reflect upon your lunchtime feast before setting off once more. 
However, 7 hours, less travelling time, should be enough to get you back in town for the Friday night duo set at the Jazz Café by Julija Jacenaite (vocals) and Steve Glendinning (guitar) although, as it's advertised as by Julija and Friends, expect the duo to be quickly augmented! The Lithuanian born singer has made quite an impact on the northeast jazz scene. One thing is for sure, the joint will be jumping! And it's free! 9pm start.
The line forms on the right...

Sunday, late afternoon, early evening, Hoochie Coochie's the only game in town. Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing will be spreading the gospel according to the apostles Frank, Michael, Bobby, Elvis and Tony as well as a few latter-day saints. Backed by the most swinging band this side of Las Vegas, if swings your thing then The King will be on stage at 5:30pm but get there early (doors 4pm) otherwise the former bobbysoxers will have all the best vantage points.

Those who are fleet of foot or own a fast set of wheels may just manage to get over to Blaydon Jazz Club (Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon N21 4JJ) in time for an 8pm start by the Zoe Gilby Quartet.
In the first concert of the season at the long-running jazz club, singer Zoe will have Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) with her for an evening of standards, contemporary songs and originals penned by herself and husband Andy.

When operating on such a tight schedule as Sunday it's always good to have a Plan B so if you stay too long at Hoochie to get to Blaydon or if the lasses lose their crinolines, as, according to legend so often happens when 'gannin' along the Scotswood Road' then look no further than The Globe Jazz Bar at 11 Railway St. where the Jazz Coop present Alter Ego (photo courtesy of Russell) who blew up such a storm at Darlington last weekend. This bop-inspired band never fail to impress. 8pm. Talk about being spoilt for choice!
This is going to be a weekend to remember! So don't forget!
Lance.
PS: I should also mention that KOAN 7 are at The Globe on Saturday night but, as I've never heard them it would be unfair of me to comment.

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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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