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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reflecting on the Festival

It was a great weekend no doubt about it and Gateshead Council, The Sage and promoters SERIOUS are to be congratulated for putting it all together.
The exposure given to young local musicians must surely have had a beneficial effect on them and hopefully, in years to come they themselves will be in Halls One or Two - just practice man practice.
The only disturbing thing for me was, where does the audiences who flock to the Sage concerts in their numbers hang out for the rest of the year? Why are they not seen at the local pub/club gigs?
Is it a snob thing? Who knows? What I and others in the jazz world know is that, like in sport, you need support at grass roots level to create the superstars or is it now a case of Music College to Sage bypassing the club scene?
However, I digress - Rhapsody In Blue is still uppermost in my mind - phew!

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