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Bebop Spoken There

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).


Today Sunday April 21



Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.


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



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.


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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Benson hedges his bets and looks back at two blues/rock legends

Legendary Jazz Guitarist George Benson will be releasing his brand new album Walking To New Orleans on April 26th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The iconic musician pays tribute to Rock & Roll pioneers Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

Speaking about the two artists, Benson explains "I'm a great appreciator of the music made by both of those guys," says Benson, who reanimates their genius with his signature soulful vocals and buttery solos. "Chuck Berry was a great showman and a great musician, and Fats Domino cut nothing but hit after hit after hit.

The first track to be released from the album is the awesome version of Chuck Berry’s Nadine (Is It You?), which you can check out here.
So that's the good news. The bad news is that if you want to hear him live then you either head down south to Hammersmith Apollo on July 18/19, buy the album on April 26 or head over to Europe, if they are still speaking to us, and hear him in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
Press release.


Liz said...

Nice pun, Benson & Hedges!

Steve T said...

Apparently his voice failed him on his last tour which would be something to shout about; Benson going back to jazz guitar.
Have you seen the clip of him and (current white blues/rock guitar hero) Joe Bonamassa (I believe at Edinburgh Jazz Festival) where Joe says 'Jazz, that's what the real musicians play.'

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