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Today Monday January 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gateshead International Jazz Festival – Beats & Pieces Big Band Saturday March 24

Ben Cottrell (Director), Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte (saxophones), Tim Cox, Simon Lodge, Paul Strachan (trombones), Owen Bryce, Adam Chatterton, Nick Walters (trumpets), Anton Hunter (guitar), Patrick Hurley (piano/Fender Rhodes), Harrison Wood & Finlay Panter (drums)
Much hyped, would they live up to expectations? A fourteen piece big band led by the energetic Ben Cottrell strolled out in t-shirts, jeans, trainers –  the look of the eternal student. ‘One, two, three, four’ BANG! What’s that about first impressions? This was a take-no-prisoners approach. This was Voice of the North Warp Factor Ten! Cottrell, leaping, twisting, encouraging his charges, never still. Soloists stepped up to the plate, fearless they were. The laptop Radiohead generation with music school chops cooked (old lingo) and then some. Tunes aplenty – including Jazzwalk and Broken - all exhilarating stuff and at the end of a memorable set we played spot the heavily disguised tune. Some of us got it – Let’s Dance…’put on your…’. Some of us danced our way over to the late night festival club venue and it wasn’t too long before those Manchester boys turned-up to blow some more into the wee small hours. Now then…if we could fit the band into the Bridge Hotel…
Russell   

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