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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ IN THE NORTH EAST: WHICH WAY FORWARD?

(Announcement by Paul Bream)
A couple of weeks ago I send out a preliminary notice about a public meeting on the future of jazz provision in the North East. That meeting is now imminent, and I cannot stress strongly enough how important this could be to maintaining, indeed improving, a vibrant jazz scene in the region . . . I urge everybody who has an interest in jazz, whether as musician, promoter, educator, student or audience member, to get along - even if you don't feel able to contribute to discussion, your very presence at the meeting will help show how strongly we all feel about the music we love.

A Public Meeting
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ IN THE NORTH EAST:
WHICH WAY FORWARD?

Tuesday 23rd October | 7.00 - 9.00pm
To be followed by live music from Zoe Gilby (vocals) and Andy Champion (bass).
Bar available

Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE
The meeting will be chaired by Chis Hodgkins, Director of Jazz Services, the national development agency for jazz.
In order to provide a context for discussion, there will be three short presentations:
Paul Bream (Jazz North East & Schmazz)Where we are, how we got here, and what we face.
Nigel Slee (Jazz North)The new jazz agency for the North - its purpose, its plans, and its possibilities.
Steve Crocker (Seven Jazz, Leeds)The role of a voluntary promoters network for the North.
These presentations will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions, and then more extensive open discussion of possible ways forward - this session is likely to be structured around key topics (e.g. what sort of music?, how do we find new audiences?, are there untapped funding opportunities?, building co-operation between promoters, etc), but will not be restrictive - any views, on any topic, will be welcome.
At the end of the discussion, it's intended that a working group can be established to consider how the views and suggestions of the meeting can best be met across the whole of the North East region, what sort of organisation is required, and possible sources of funding. 
And then we can all wind down and enjoy ourselves, listening to Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion, and reminding ourselves of just why we love jazz and are determined to see it thrive. 
Paul Bream.

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