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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.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Folk Meets Jazz: Thursday May 7

(Review by Ann Alex)
Another successful night at the Globe, YOU really must get to one of these nights soon.  The room was full and most people were performers, but listeners are very welcome too.  There was:
 Minnie Fraser and Joe  - Minnie sang The Blacksmith, followed by folk tunes on fiddle and guitar.
John and Colin – folk songs with guitars, including a chorus in Swahili, why did no-one join in I wonder?
Robbie, Mark and Jim – from the Newcastle Uni folk degree, excellent musicians in both folk and jazz, a Morris tune on melodeon, Old Timey Americana tunes and a neat version of Georgia Brown.
Carrie – A great self-penned song and a folk song The Parting Glass
Sheila – 2 well-sung songs, every word crystal clear, rock singers on television please note!
John Cram – a regular performer in folk clubs, a beautiful tune on viola and a song of lost love.
Mostly folk so far but the jazzers did us proud, even without a drummer.  Dave Parker (bass); Jeff Smith (tenor sax); Fiona Finden (sax and vocals) with God Bless The Child; Lester Leaps In; Autumn Leaves.
Then come the 2nd half and another folk band popped in, The Cherry Pickers, various instruments, including knackers (I’m not swearing, they’re bones used as percussion), a washboard, and a kazoo, as well as a small banjo. An exciting sound.
I had to leave early and reluctantly for the Metro, just as each person was doing 1 more song or tune.  Sorry about the lack of surnames, but it’s not that sort of event, it’s friendly and informal, so that’s my excuse for any failings in this review.
Be there next time Thursday June 4th, 8pm, free entry, raffle £1.
Ann Alex

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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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