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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 16, 2015

T J Johnson @ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - March 14.

(Review by John T)
It seems TJs recent tour of the south of the region has gone unnoticed. Starting at Bedale Golf Club on Friday 13th they did a lunchtime gig at Darlington NOJC the following day. In the evening they headed south to appear at Boston Spa JC on their way back to the smoke. Well done to whoever organised this small tour.
I have three favourite piano players who sing. Jools Holland is brilliant on piano. Hugh Laurie is the best singer. Overall by far the best at both is T J Johnson on his good old Korg keyboard. What an eclectic mix of music from lots of genres, all played in a lovely smooth, laid back jazz style. A sell out audience at Darlington enjoyed a perfect performance from these real pros. 
Al Nicholls on sax is by far the best reedman I have heard with this band. Taking to Tony Pitt (Banjo/gtr) afterwards he said it had been a difficult time over the last couple of years. Five bandleaders of bands he had played in have passed away. These include Acker, and Kenny. Tony informed me that his brother (bassist Vic) has now retired from the Kenny Ball band. Tony himself has no thoughts of retiring. It must be over 50 years since he started out in Acker’s band! A living legend!
John T.

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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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