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John Medeski: "Like Mingus or Ellington, he [John Zorn] pulls people out of their zones and encourages them to do more than they would do on their own." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Tuesday November 20

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra Jam Session @ Bar Loco - October 18

NUJO's first jam session of the new academic year and the place was crammed. A battalion of bright young things drinking like there was no tomorrow, sorry, studying hard (see photo of a study desk inexplicably littered with empties), this was a 'social' as much as a jazz gig.  

President Tom McDonald has knocked the NUJO boys and girls into some kind of shape so that they broadly resemble a big band. 

Enthusiasm by the bucket load, trombonist Tom and bandmate Matt Green whipped up Bar Loco's partying crowd and counted in the ever-changing band line-up. 

Lullaby of Birdland, former Jamboner Kate Garnett bold as a shiny brass trombone on My Funny Valentine, a debuting vocalist emboldened by a bottle of house white singing Billy Taylor's I Wish I Knew, NUJO blew for fun in a fun, party atmosphere.


Jam session man about town, guitarist James Cuxson, impressed once again, making himself heard above the din of the party-going audience on Blue Monk and again on So What having been joined by bassist Ifede Osiyemi, last spotted gigging with the Bold Big Band. Osiyemi hit a groove - most impressive. 
An impressive two-trombone opening to Autumn Leaves won applause from the multitasking crowd (drinking/laughing/chattering/listening...most impressive!) and before long alto saxophonist Matt suggested a short interval. 

Second set...what a surprise, Matt Green, alto sax, sang! Fly Me to the Moon sang Matt, perhaps as good a vocalist as an alto player! Chameleon went round and round, a seriously funky Superstition featured just about everybody including a  rather good, no- time-to-take-off-his-coat clarinetist, which morphed into an Uptown Funk groove. 

The 2018-19 NUJO line-up is looking good (trumpeter Tom Alcorn, heard at the Dun Cow, is one to watch). The band will be entered into next year's Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (it always is) and will be sure to give a good account of itself, if not make the podium. Further jam sessions will occur during the year, do get along to check on the undergraduates' progress.  
Russell.    

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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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