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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Juliet Kelly @ The Black Swan. September 11

Juliet Kelly (vocals), Nick Ramm (keyboards), Oli Hayhurst (double bass)& Eddie Hick (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Juliet Kelly made an overdue Newcastle appearance with her Spellbound Stories show.   Ten songs inspired by novels (mainly twentieth century works) formed the basis of the two-set performance. Kelly’s band comprised top-flight musicians familiar to Tyneside audiences – Nick Ramm, Oli Hayhurst and Eddie Hick. The Black Swan venue in the basement of Newcastle Arts Centre was sparsely populated, but as Kelly was to discover, she was in the presence of a select, well-read audience!
Paolo Coelho, Toni Morrison, Audrey Niffenegger, Arundati Roy, Alice Walker – prize-winning authors all, copies of their works borrowed from local libraries or sitting on the bookshelves of  the Tyneside literati, Kelly was preaching to the converted. Nick Ramm worked as Kelly’s accompanist, scene-setter and improviser coaxing an array of sounds from his keyboards (variously acoustic, electric, Hammond and Old School BBC Stereophonic Workshop). The bass and drums partnership of Hayhurst and Hick guaranteed a swinging foundation and from time to time they stepped up to solo with aplomb.
Kelly’s response to Toni Morrison’s Beloved proved particularly effective (recalling Adelaide Hall’s wordless vocals to the 1927 landmark recording of Creole Love Call) in a sustained lower register delivery. The song cycle complete, the literati demanded Kelly returned to the stage. Emile Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (sans screeching) knocked spots off you know who.           

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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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