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Today Sunday November 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Binker Golding Band + Noya Rao + Francis Tulip Quartet - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00pm. £12.00. & £5.00.

Peter Roughead & the Tweed River Jazz Band - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 3:00-5:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul/ Etc.

Memphis Cruiser - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Wandering Monster + Thomas Dixon Quartet - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1JY. 3:30pm. £8.00. + £1.13 bf (£5.00. + £1.13 bf, concs.).

Groovetrain - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (4:00pm doors). £10.00.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham DH1 3NP. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. All welcome - sitters-in & listeners.

Classic Swing - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £7.00.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jazz Café Sunday Afternoon

The Jazz Café on Newcastle's Pink Lane is quite unique - without aid or support from them as supply aid and support to artistic ventures the place has survived for 20 years. The anniversary is, I think, next weekend. We're not expecting someone to arrive with a blue plaque but it would be nice to see it acknowledged somewhere in the jazz world. I ain't holding my breath! The Jazz Café is a place to hang out - like Jim 'n Andy's in New York - a place to drink, listen, talk to fellow musos maybe pick up a gig or a hangover. Sunday afternoon it's the only game in town (not Toon). The jam session is great and today was an example of what is wonderful about jazz at street level.
Young guy, didn't catch his name (David perhaps?) blew a few trombone choruses on Summertime. I'm not going to build him up and say they were fabulous but they were okay and we gave him the applause they merited.
Applause? must want more so he charged off into another chorus! I'm gonna bet that David makes good.
On the vocal front Lindsay laid Midnight Sun upon us handling the 'Alabaster Palace' and the 'Aurora Borealis' rhyme with ease - the rhymester's rhyme! You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Deed I Do and Night in Tunisia were others that glowed effervescently.
Gaby was there but didn't get a shot before I left. Claire did and she was on song.
No drums but, with Pete playing Perc Piano who cares.
John Hedley kept the bass seat warm for Paul Grainger and a student from Cyprus (?) sang beautifully.
Elaine - as ever the string section - kept the Grappelli legend alive and Don Forbes wandered in and out of a few tunes. Stu blew too.
Too soon 'twas time for me to depart and head for the Bridge...
Lance.

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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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