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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The Fergus McCreadie Trio @ the Eyemouth Hippodrome – March 31.

Fergus McCreadie (piano); David Bowden (bass); Stephen Henderson (drums).
(Review by Kay).
The remarkably talented Fergus McCreadie Trio captivated their audience at the Eyemouth Hippodrome on Saturday night with a selection of tracks from their debut album Turas. McCreadie’s compositions fuse jazz with the rich heritage of Scottish traditional music.  Tracks inspired by a deep connection with people and places took us from steadfast Old Harbours to the wild open spaces of Mull. The dram at Ardbeg and the jazz-imbued raucous ceilidh from The Set setting many a foot tapping. 
As with recent weather, with all four seasons in the same hour, pieces included changes in tempo, rhythm and volume. McCreadie, Bowden and Henderson are each exceptionally gifted musicians. However, it was their intuitive understanding and complete trust in each other and the freedom, verve and spontaneity afforded by jazz that kept their audience spellbound and turned this performance into something extra special.  At the end of the evening one of the Trio was heard to comment this was their best gig yet, the rapturous standing ovation at the end of their performance suggests this was a sentiment shared by many of us fortunate enough to have been there.
Thanks to Paula and Ian at the Eyemouth Hippodrome for their warm hospitality.
Kay.

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