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Benny Golson: "Art is a lifetime commitment." - (DownBeat August 2018.)

George Wein: "The musicians backstage at the Newport Festival said she [Marian McPartland] is more advanced in her harmonic structure than all the other piano players put together." - (DownBeat August 2018.)

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Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

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Today Sunday July 22

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Music by the Sea Jamboree - Jackson's Wharf, The Highlight, Hartlepool TS24 0XN. 4pm. Free. Hosted by the Mick Donnelly Academy of Music.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Auld Man’s Baccy - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Doggone Daddies - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. 3:00pm. New weekly jam session.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Zöe Gilby Trio - Blackett St., Newcastle NE1 7BS. 3 x 30 min. sets (11:30am/1:45pm/4:30pm). Free.

Jazz - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG inc Rendezvous Jazz (11:00am); Riviera Quartet (2pm).

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Full Americana program.

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Evening

Lickety Split - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Left Hand Lewis - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, April 05, 2018

The Last Ship @ Northern Stage, Newcastle - April 4

I almost made one of the biggest mistakes of my life! I almost didn't go to see The Last Ship, the musical written by Sting and in the last week of its 4 weeks run at Newcastle's Northern Stage Theatre. The same theatre where Sting learned his craft as a bass guitarist with the Newcastle Big Band although the theatre was called the University Theatre back then.
I'd heard songs from the show on radio and seen clips on television which, away from the overall picture didn't even go close to revealing the experience it turned out to.
As I set off it was raining, no ordinary rain but such as brought to mind the expression "Not a fit night out for man nor beast".
I hesitated. Did I really want to sit in a theatre in wet clothes watching a musical about the closing of a shipyard?

I didn't, although having agreed to go with Cormac Loane, another alumnus of the Newcastle Big Band, I felt obliged to 'bite the rivet'. I discovered he too had had similar thoughts!
Both of us cast those thoughts, and the weather, aside after the show started.
From the opening Irish style folk dance by various shipyard workers to the triumphant finale the standing ovation received at the end was well-deserved.
The cast were brilliant both as actors, dancers and singers whilst the storyline managed to combine mirth and melancholy treading the fine balance between laughter and tears.
The script is very political. How could it not be given the subject matter? Just as Billy Elliott had the Miners Strike, The Last Ship has the end of shipbuilding in the northeast at its core.
That multi-millionaire Sting is able to write such a strong indictment of the  'them and us' society we live in could be regarded as hypocritical - I prefer to see it as, someone who has seen both sides of the coin.
The writing is powerful, the songs are melodic several of which could stand on their own merit away from the show. 
I'm not going to single out any one performer - they all contribute magnificently and, not surprisingly, several have parallel careers as singers as well as actors.
I'd willingly see the Sold Out show again.* 
Lance.
*There's an open-air performance at Spiller's Wharf on Newcastle Quayside on May 28 otherwise, it's next week in Liverpool (April 9-14); Birmingham (April 16-21); Northanpton (April 24-28); Leeds (May1-5); Nottingham (May 8-12); Cardiff (May 14-19); Dublin (June 4-9); Edinburgh (June 12-16); Glasgow (June 18-23); York June 25-30); Salford July 3-7).

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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