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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

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

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

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Jazz Repertory Company and the EFG London Jazz Festival Present…….. Newport Jazz Festival (The 1950’s): A 60th Anniversary Celebration

18th November 2014. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
A Spectacular Performance In Celebration Of One Of The Most Famous Jazz Events In The World
On 18th November 2014, Richard Pite’s Jazz Repertory Company in conjunction with The EFG London Jazz Festival continues its series of concerts at Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall with a celebration of the early years of the Newport Jazz Festival, one of the hottest events on the global jazz calendar to this day and this year celebrating its 60th anniversary.
In 1956 Duke Ellington’s Orchestra came to Newport and presented a concert which George Wein, organiser of the festival, described as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career… it stood for everything that jazz had been and could be.” 
November’s concert at Cadogan Hall will feature the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra directed by Pete Long (Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra / Jools Holland’s Rhythm And Blues Orchestra), and will feature music from the best-selling Ellington at Newport 1956 album including Jeep’s Blues and the legendary Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue famous for its 27 choruses from Ellington’s sax star Paul Gonsalves in a performance that created pandemonium on the night and subsequently revived the fortunes of the Duke.  Echoes of Ellington will also perform Manteca and Cool Breeze, performed by the Dizzy Gillespie Band at their 1957 Newport appearance.
The show also features music from two classic films of the 1950’s which celebrate Newport. “Jazz On A Summer’s Day” was Bert Stern’s beautifully photographed celebration of the 1958 festival and the timeless classic ‘High Society’  features Cole Porter’s delightful music and features Louis Armstrong alongside Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly.
Pete Long’s Echoes of Ellington and singers Iain Mackenzie, Tom Langham and Georgina Jackson capture the magic of these historical milestones, performing them with a level of authenticity that is second to none and November 18th 2014 is set to be their best concert yet. To book tickets please visit:

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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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