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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paragon @ Jazz Café October 28.

Peter Ehwald (reeds); Arthur Lea (keyboards); Matthias Akeo Nowak (bass); Jon Scott (drums).
(Review by Steve H/photo courtesy of Ken Drew.) 
Maybe David Cameron and Angel Merkel should have been at this gig last night to observe this wonderfully cohesive and elegant Anglo-German collaboration. If our politicians could work as well together as these talented musicians our future in Europe would not be in any doubt.
The last time this band played in Newcastle was five years ago and, although each member has gone off in-between times to pursue their own goals, once reunited they become a helluva tight symbiotic force. The music is certainly not wild but rather intricate and considered in a Northern European kind of way albeit with lots of funky riffs from Lea on keyboard. My personal favourite tunes of the night were the more up tempo numbers that concluded each set. The first of these was inspired by a one-way ticket that Ehwald had acquired for a festival in Morocco. His ebullient soprano really grabbed the audience with its vibrant eastern feel.
The final piece, the romantically named (according to Ehwald anyway) Blue Eyes White Dragon, saw the band lay down a groove with Lea on Rhodes getting seriously soulful. The audience showed their appreciation and were rewarded with an encore although, unlike its lively predecessor, this was a quiet ballad.  It is great to see a band of such technically gifted musicians so obviously reveling in each other’s company, their quality and enthusiasm could not but help rub off on a more than respectably sized Tyneside audience.    
JAZZ RECORD RECITAL
Literary & Philosophical Society
Earlier in the evening DJ Chris Calver spun some vinyl at a recital at the Lit and Phil the tracks were selected from the donated record collection of the late Ian Breach interspersed with these Jazz classics there was a selection from the library's classical collection chosen by Lit & Phil president Alexander Armstrong so alongside Dizzy, Monk, Goodman and Mingus we were treated to works from Bach, Beethoven and Benjamin Britten. Eclectic but fun.
Steve H.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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