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Davina Lozier: "So many people never settle into who they really are. They just do what they want to do because they want to be Oscar Peterson or Muddy Waters or Britney Spears. But I am what I am: a chubby, 40-year-old woman who's still doing it." - (DownBeat, December 2019).


Today Tuesday November 12



Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.



Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).


Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's South Shields.

Brian Chester (tmb), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl). + Peter Holdsworth (tpt).
The black-shirted jazzmen of Maine Street had yet another shift around this week. Brian Chester stayed on from last week whilst Derek Fleck returned temporarily from his self-imposed exile to partner Brian in some stomping New Orleans chestnuts.
"The Girls Go Crazy 'bout the Way I Walk" is normally chugged along by a banjo driven rhythm section but such is the power of Malcolm's two-fisted approach that a banjo would have been superfluous. Come to think of it ...
The feel today was more New Orleansy than usual with Fleck'n Chester bringing that down home feeling into their solos. "China Boy" jumped and Tommy Graham had a good break at the end.
Olive as ever provided the vocals and she delighted on "All of Me", a roof-raising "When You're Smiling", "Avalon" and, dedicated to yours truly, "I Wished on the Moon" - thank you Olive.
Peter Holdsworth escaped from his big band section work at Redworth Hall to blow on "Honeysuckle Rose" whilst Alan Rudd told the world, musically speaking, that tubas are passé.
Now, it's time for a night in to recharge in readiness for tomorrow night at The Saville Exchange with Roly, Keith, Caroline, Bruce and Tim Kliphuis.

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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.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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