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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, January 29, 2019

Jazz in Jesmond and Japan

The February edition of DownBeat gives the rundown on 25 of the world's top jazz cities. Not surprisingly, New York is top with London the only UK city mentioned. Amazingly, Tokyo offers more than 100 jazz gigs nightly!

One of the 'unique offerings' of The Shinjuku Pit Inn is afternoon sets for a post-lunch crowd that hungers for live jazz.

Ah, so!

Well the good news is that you don't have to go to Tokyo for your afternoon fix. Various venues in and around Tyneside and Co. Durham have lunchtime sessions. Monday to Sunday there's usually at least one and you don't have to eat sushi or drink sake.

This coming Friday sees a new/old venue presenting lunchtime gigs (first & third Fridays) at the Royal British Legion Club, 3 West Jesmond Avenue, NE2 3EX, (2 mins walk from West Jesmond Metro) featuring Classic Swing. The band, which already plays a lunchtime gig at the Ship Inn, Monkseaton, on Tuesdays are hoping this new venture will be a successful one. The Legion has, in the past, played host to, among others, the Maine St. Jazzmen and the River City Jazzmen. Dates so far inked in are Feb. 1 & 15 and March 1 & 15.
Worth supporting,
Lance

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