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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

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

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saxophonics @ The Jazz Café. September 26

Keith Robinson (alto), Steve Summers (alto & tenor), Graeme Wilson (tenor) & Niall Armstrong (baritone)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
Friday night in the Jazz Café and it wasn’t too busy. The listening few enjoyed another fine performance from the supremely talented saxophone quartet Saxophonics. Keith Robinson led the ensemble through two sets of well-honed material, much of it composed and/or arranged by the versatile Graeme Wilson. Twenty four hours earlier the amiable Scot had been on stage at Sage Gateshead as a member of the Paul Edis Sextet. Altoists Robinson and Steve Summers similarly were on duty with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band the previous evening down at the Millstone.
Wilson’s Street of Furs kicked-off proceedings. The eponymous track from the quartet’s recently released CD The River Flows at Night (comp.Wilson), a fabulous Wilson arrangement of Come Fly with Me and Wilson’s The New Wallaw (echoes of the Voice of the North) illustrated the Honourary Geordie’s multifaceted abilities. Robinson played some bluesy alto on In the Wee Small Hours. Itchy Fingers were in the well-thumbed pad, so too the 29th Street, Dizzy and Fats Waller. Wilson’s Damfino is a Desert Island favourite – it was in the set, it should be a fixture. Saxophonics always come up trumps; fine musicianship anchored by baritone man Niall Armstrong, excellent compositions and arrangements and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a twirl. A twirl? Be there next time!

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