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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).

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00. ‘The Gala Big Band Does Christmas’. SOLD OUT!

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

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music @ the Globe Jazz Bar: Swing Manouche - Oct. 6

Mick Shoulder, Giles Strong (guitars); Paul Grainger (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Clarinetist, Gavin Lee had put in a sick note so, unable to find a suitable replacement, the quartet became a trio. All credit to Porthos, Aramis and Athos, the absence of D'Artagnan didn't prevent them from putting on an excellent show that was much appreciated by the well-attended upper room audience.

A mix of the familiar and the not so familiar allowed both guitarists plenty of solo space.
Playing the obligatory Maccas, Shoulder plugged in, Strong acoustic, they blended well with Grainger who also had marginally more space to solo that he normally would.
Lulu Swing; Douce Ambience; When Day is Done; Minch Waltz; Dinette; Nuages; Sheik of Araby and All of Me brought the first set to a close and those Djangophiles present couldn't have wished for better.
Nor could anyone complain about the second set which contained gems such as Minor Swing; I'll See You in my Dreams; Indifference; Them There Eyes; Djangology; Dark Eyes; Chez Jacques and a couple of others.
A most enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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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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