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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Preview: Matt MacKellar Band - Jan 10

(Preview by Russell)
One week tonight (Thursday 10) there is only one place to be and that's the Black Swan Bar in Newcastle Arts Centre. The debut gig by the Matt MacKellar Band is set to be an 'I was there' occasion. 

Drummer Matt MacKellar is home on a short break from his studies at Berklee, Boston, Mass. Last week, as a key member of the Francis Tulip Quartet, Matt played a hugely successful gig at Newcastle Jazz Co-op's Railway Street premises. The Globe was heaving and next week a similarly large crowd is expected at the Westgate Road basement venue. 

The Matt MacKellar Band is a new project reworking neo-soul cuts with a tip-of-the-hat to million-selling Floetry and current favourites like Robert Glasper. Sharing the stand with Matt will be friend, pianist Ben Lawrence, himself enjoying a winter break from his studies (Mathematics!) at Durham University, and virtuoso bassist Andy Champion. Add a vocal dimension - the dynamic Niffi Osiyemi - to the mix and you have the makings of an intriguing evening of soul, jazz, hip-hop, r & b and more. 

If next Thursday (January 10) is your first gig of 2019 it's sure to set the standard. Arrive early to claim a seat, it's an eight o’clock start. £6 on the door (£4 concessions). Remember, in years to come you'll be able to say: I-was-there! 
Russell.
Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 51SG.

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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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