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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 Shoeshop Quartet @ King’s Hall Newcastle Uni. November 6

Meghann Clancy (soprano), Hannah Taylor (alto), Laurie Shepherd (tenor) & Ruth Lambert (bass)
(Review by Russell).
The Andrews Sisters, the Puppinis and now the Shoeshop Girls. The close harmony barber shop quartet is experiencing something of a renaissance and the Shoeshop Quartet can only prosper with performances like this one at the King’s Hall. An audience ranging from a group of six year olds to eighty six year olds loved every minute of this lunchtime concert. The ‘girls’ dressed to the nines (forties style) in hats, lashes, dresses and heels.
Mr Sandman, Dream a Little Dream of Me, Cheek to Cheek – great material, four individual voices (Ruth Lambert, bass and Laurie Shepherd, tenor, the touchstones, Hannah Taylor and Meghann Clancy, respectively alto and soprano, invariably sharing the sweetheart limelight)  – the Shoeshoppers know how to put on a show. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (so they say), One Fine Day (Goffin & King), the Shoeshoppers’ pad varied in style and era. Lennon and McCartney’s When I’m 64 (the Fab Two did many fab things, harmonies top of the list), Berry Gordy and co.’s I Want You Back ( a dance routine is called for!) and the take-it-down number Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue illustrated the breadth of material performed with consummate skill by the Shoeshopping Sweethearts.
Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) found herself on the set list – Bad Romance a favourite with the student element in the hall, as did Eliza Doolittle’s Pack Up (kit bag ‘n’ all). It can’t be too often that popular songs of the thirties dovetail seamlessly with the pop hits of today – King’s Hall or anywhere else for that matter. Checkout

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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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