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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

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

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

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

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

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Three Days and Counting to the Big Band Event of the Year!

(Preview by Russell)
Friday evening (March 6) sees the launch of the twelfth annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival at Sunderland University Student Union. The three day event is staged at North Shore on Charles Street near the National Glass Centre. Big bands travel from all four corners of the UK to engage in friendly, but intense, competition. The standard of musicianship is extremely high across the board – schools, youth and senior sections.
Friday evening features the adjudicators and tutors’ house band – Mick Donnelly (tenor) and Paul Jones (alto) working with pianist Stuart Collingwood, bassist Neil Harland and  Adrian Tilbrook (drums) in a one-set performance. Their audience will include many of the north east’s most promising young musicians. Once the big boys have had a blow it will be over to the Young Turks to show what they can do following many months keen rehearsal sessions under the baton of festival director Bill Watson.    
Saturday and Sunday (March 7 & 8) require stamina. Festival organisers and a battalion of unpaid helpers will get little sleep over the weekend. Festival goers have it easy. Turn up, take a seat and listen hour after hour to top class big bands. The North Shore catering and bar staff will happily serve you with a pint of beer, a glass of wine (tea or coffee for the tee-total) and the staples of any self-respecting student establishment – curry, chips, chilli con carne, chips, burger and chips and, just in case you fancy some, chips!
Car parking is available. Better still, take the Metro to St Peter’s, walk through the underpass and head downriver. North Shore, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, is approximately five minutes’ walk. Admission is £8.00.. Make a day of it, the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is one of the events of the year.        

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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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