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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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Preview: Postmodern Jukebox - Sage Gateshead March 3

Postmodern Jukebox is a phenomenon. Scott Bradlee's brainchild has developed to such an extent that two shows can be on the road concurrently on two different continents. At Sage Gateshead, on Sunday (Mar 3) it's anyone's guess which musicians - and how many - will turn up! 

PMJ's previous visit to NE8 on the banks of the Tyne attracted a full house and it's likely that Sunday's show will be similarly busy. And little wonder given that since Bradlee first put something on YouTube in 2009, PMJ's online videos have chalked up, wait for it...ONE BILLION views! 3.6 million subscribers and counting, it isn't surprising that the 'franchise', if that's what it is, plays to packed halls all over the world.

So, what's the USP? Er, simplicity? Contemporary pop songs reworked as a Motown number or given a swing treatment, perhaps a ragtime interpretation. An ever-changing cast, frequently on and off stage, it's all a bit dizzying. PMJ alumni from the jazz world include Gunhild Carling (a hit at the Gala, Durham during last year's Durham Brass Festival), Chloe Feoranzo (last heard with the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band at Durham Brass Festival 2018) and Grace Kelly (the sax-playing Grace Kelly not the film star!) and then there's the wonderfully named Puddles the Clown. 

If you like, or simply know, tunes by the likes of Justin Bieber, David Bowie (Heroes), Radiohead (Creep), Talking Heads and Megan Trainor (All About That Bass) then be prepared to see/hear them in a different light. But wait, on Sunday in Sage One the set list is likely to comprise an entirely different bunch of tunes - and that's part of the fun. In essence, it doesn't matter what numbers are played, it's simply an amazing experience! Call Sage Gateshead's ticket office on 0191 443 4661. 
Russell.    

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