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13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, October 01, 2012

A Public Meeting JAZZ IN THE NORTH EAST THE WAY FORWARD?

Tuesday 23rd October | 7.00pm
Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE
Free admission
The times they are a-changing.
The winding up of Jazz Action, the creation of the new Jazz North, the financial pressures on local authorities and other funding organisations, all mean that the context for jazz promotion in the North East looks very different from how it was even just a few years ago.
And, of course, the music itself moves on. The quality and diversity on offer is greater than ever, with young players breaking down boundaries between genres to create inventive new approaches. Potentially there is something for everybody, but with some older audiences resisting change, and some younger audiences dismissing all jazz as ‘old hat’, promoters have an uphill struggle introducing artists to audiences.
In response to these changing times,  the region’s two most adventurous promoters, Jazz North East and Schmazz, have decided to merge next year. But they want to create a whole that is much more than the sum of the parts – they see the merger process as an opportunity to review the whole issue of jazz provision and development throughout the North East.
So, on Tuesday 23rd October, they are calling an open meeting for anybody – promoters, musicians, audiences – who would like to see a healthy future for jazz in the region. The meeting will be chaired by Chris Hodgkins, the Director of the national jazz development agency Jazz Services . . . a recognition of how important our region is considered to be in the national jazz landscape.
The agenda for the meeting has yet to be drawn up, but it will be designed to allow the widest possible discussion, with the widest range of views aired . . . what sort of music do fans want to hear in the future? . . .how can the merged organization improve its marketing to reach a bigger audience? . . . can it help bring bands to places that are currently jazz-starved? . . . how can it work more closely with clubs, promoters and venues throughout the region? 
The answers to these, and many other questions, will help shape the provision of jazz in the region over the coming years. So, even if you haven’t been to a gig for ages (perhaps because you’re not happy with what’s currently on offer), don’t miss this opportunity to have your say. I’ll provide more information as it becomes available, but in the meanwhile I urge you to get this date into your diary.
Dave Clarke (JNE)

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