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Sting: "I wrote that song [Roxanne], it was originally a bossa nova". - (Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music BBC 4, 17 January 2020)


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Today Wednesday January 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival Preview - The Raymond Scott Experience

This is perhaps the most intriguing concert of the Festival.
Raymond Scott? I hear you ask. A good question, truth is I have knowingly heard very little of his music myself. What I recall are an almost chamber-like approach that may or not be called jazz. Whatever, it did/does have a quirky charm about it. Many of his sidemen thought he was mad and some of his oddball titles reinforce that impression e.g. A Dedicatory Piece to the Crew and Passengers of the First Experimental Rocket Express to the Moon. A title worthy of Charles Mingus if not Jerome Kern!
Earlier I said 'knowingly heard' however, unknowingly, I must have heard quite a bit as a lot of the early Looney Tunes cartoons had scores by Raymond Scott and later his music was used by The Simpsons.
In a nutshell - not your straightforward composer/leader/arranger.
The concert itself is by the Stu Brown Sextet and opens with pre-release footage of a documentary Deconstructing Dad by filmmaker Stan Warnow who is also Raymond Scott's son.
This promises to be a true voyage of discovery for swing fans and film buffs and is presented with the Northern Lights Film Festival.
Sunday March 28, 2:00 pm Hall Two. £13.50/£7.00.

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