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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).

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Today Monday November 11

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:40pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Soft Machine - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 7:30pm. £17.50.

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

Monday, July 26, 2010

Jon Cleary & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ The Sage. July 25th

Jon Cleary (piano & vocals), James Singleton (double bass) & Doug Belote (drums). British born Jon Cleary hadn't appeared on Tyneside for quite some time and this Gateshead date, the closing event of this year's Summer Tyne Americana Festival, with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band seemed like a good opportunity to hear him in such exalted company.
Cleary, a crowd pleaser, pounded out good-time rhythm and blues from his electronic keyboard with rock solid support from bassist Singleton and drummer Belote.
New Orleans' finest, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, themselves visiting Tyneside for the first time in years, certainly know how to put on a show. The current line-up - Julius McKee (sousaphone), Terence Higgins (drums), Roger Lewis (baritone saxophone), Kevin Harris (tenor saxophone), Gregory Davis (trumpet), Efrem Towne (trumpet) & Jake Eckert (guitar) + Jon Cleary (piano & vocals) - had everyone, well almost everyone, up on their feet from the first number. Everyone, well, almost everyone, appeared to be 'havin' a good time'. You know how it works - a member of the band enquires ' Are you havin' a good time, Newcastle?' 'Yeah' says the crowd. Then, just to make sure... 'Are you havin' a good time, Newcastle? 'Yeah' says the crowd. And so it went on. Of course we were in Gateshead but why spoil the fun?
Fun? It was of the compulsory kind, if you know what I mean. Those expecting the likes of John the Revelator, Just a Closer Walk With Thee and Jesus on the Mainline would have left disappointed. It was party time in Newcastle or was it Gateshead or was it...?
Who cares?
The support gig down on the Concourse featured Graham Hardy's Horn Dogs. I arrived just in time to see the band pack away their gear (I'd been to the Remembering Chris memorial concert - see Lance's review). So, not having heard the performance, I perhaps shouldn't comment. However, take it from me, it was great. Don't believe me? Then go hear them next time. Next time is on Sunday 1st August at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton when the band takes part in the annual Jazz Action Milestones Fringe Festival. It is a marathon event running from 12 noon 'til 9:00 pm. Horn Dogs will be prowling the stage at 4:00 pm. Free admission - what more could you want?
Russell.
The above photo is of Horn Dogs and was sent by John Taylor. The band included deps Phil Rutherford and Graeme Wilson. Wilson and Graham Hardy had themselves been playing at the Remembering Chris concert.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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