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Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).


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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Tuesday February 18



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


Acoustic Infusion w Ray Dales - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Abbie Finn Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations). Hexham Jazz Club.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole, North Shields

Mick Hill trumpet/flugel, Eddie Bellis trombone, Roy Gibson keyboard & Laurie Brown drums. Although the wet weather kept the crowds away the Jazz Esquires gave of their all to those who turned up.
Mick Hill again proved why he is in demand, driving on the up tempo numbers, lyrical on the ballads, he played a lovely Harmon solo on "I'm Confessin'" and an equally effective open one on "Stardust."
The smooth trombone of Eddie Bellis added to the joys, and he proved his musicianship by transposing from the Bb tenor sax parts in the ensemble.
Roy “Fingers” Gibson again showed his keyboard skills and what can you say about Laurie Brown? The man who drums were invented for. From skilful brush work on the ballads to knocking seven shades out of the cowbell on "Quando! Quando! Quando!" he never let up.
Intermission music was provided by Colin Johnson, keyboard and Derek Chapman drums, after which Roy played while Teresa proved again there is more than one Cullercoats lass can handle a ballad, Mike Read who doubles as the landlord and A.N. Other also provided songs. As they used to say after the Chapel trip, a good time was had by all. Miles.

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