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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Wednesday January 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

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Blues

Blues - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00. Free.

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

I've Got the Exchange Blues - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 8:00pm. Free. Weekly blues jam session.

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

Monday, April 09, 2018

GIJF Day 2: Jay Rayner - An Afternoon of Food and Agony - Sage Gateshead, April 7

Jay Rayner (piano, vocals); Pat Gordon-Smith (vocals); Dave Lewis (tenor saxophone);  Robert Rickenberg (double bass)
The Gateshead International Jazz Festival is noted for, if nothing else, its eclectic programming. First publicity for this year’s GIJF included Jay Rayner. What? The restaurant critic? A Saturday afternoon slot in the middle of a high profile jazz festival allocated to a newspaper columnist…is this the future of jazz? Would anyone turn up? They did, Sage Two’s three tiers were open and most seats were sat upon. Looking around the cockpit auditorium it was clear that only a few of those present are ever seen at the week-to-week, bread and butter jazz gigs across Tyneside.

Rayner entertained with anecdotes about his childhood, of growing up with his mother’s ‘agony aunt’ high profile (Claire Rayner), his love of musicals and more. The Ladies Who Lunch (comp. Stephen Sondheim), Eggs and Sausage (comp. Tom Waits), Black Coffee. Yes…music (jazz?) and food. Let’s take it on the road.
Vocalist Pat Gordon-Smith performed enthusiastically, Dave Lewis blew a mean, bluesy tenor, Robert Rickenberg’s secure bass playing added a touch of class, this was a curate’s egg of an afternoon at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
Russell  (Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)         

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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.
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