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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ The Star + Jam Session


Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Lewis West (dms) + Chris Finch (flug); Peter Ninnim (dms); Dave Parker (bs); Katherine Lowdon, Andrea, Jen (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
Not surprisingly there was an air of sadness and disbelief hanging over The Star tonight as folk struggled to come to terms with the tragic death of Heather Arthur (see previous post) and it was fitting that Debra should dedicate the session to her memory. I imagine it was a similar scenario over at The Chilli.
After a soundcheck on Jordu, Debra and her Ensemble got things underway with Four which ended with, wait for it, a round of fours featuring a new young drummer - Lewis West - who demonstrated he was au fait with jazz protocol.
Steve Glendinning had some praiseworthy solos whilst Paul Grainger fought manfully against a spiralling spotlight that constantly changed colours so that sometimes he appeared to be either blushing, had yellow jaundice or a severe case of measles. It didn't affect his playing which was as sound as ever although the spotlight sometimes made it seem as though he were spinning the bass bull-fiddle fashion!
As for Debra, she gave her usual polished renditions of jazz classics, originals and standards. Particularly poignant tonight was her Jazz Café song as Heather too was an habitué of that famed venue.
For the jam, Glendinning remained on stage to be joined by Chris Finch on flugel, Dave Parker (bass) and Peter Ninnim (drums).
Chris had a rich, mellow sound on Someone to Watch Over me and Blue Monk. A singer new to me - Katherine Lowdon - scored mightily with Moanin' but didn't quite get it together on When Sunny Gets Blue which isn't an easy song. Will follow her progress with interest.
The evening was rounded off by two singers from the Jazz Singing Class - Andrea who impressed with Straight no Chaser and Jen who did likewise with Night and Day.
Photos.
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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