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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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sad News on Ray Truscott.

Ray passed away in the early hours of yesterday. This is the saddest thing.
He was a phenomenal musician / trailblazer and I know that I was always proud to be in his company.
Although I`d only known him for a couple of years, I wish that we had crossed paths much, much, earlier.
I know that all who knew him will be saddened.
Robin Douthwaite.


Lance said...

Sad news indeed. A fine bass guitarist, he will be remembered from his early day with Alan Glen to recent sessions at the Jazz Café and the 'Chilli'. He will also be remembered in Florida where he spent many Summers escaping our Winters. RIP Ray. A proper obituary will be posted as facts and comments are collated. We loved you even though I did usually spell your surname wrong. Sadly, I won't be able to make that mistake again...

Debra Milne said...

Hi Lance
A friend of mine who is friendly with Ray & his wife Sylvie (adjacent allotments) has just contacted me with the sad news that Ray has just died from cancer. She’s not sure how many in the local jazz community would be aware of this.

Ian Stocks (on F/b) said...

Sad about Ray,,, Ray worked with me for many years always loads of fun on a gig , I have some nice pics, big band also jazz trio with Dave Black and a few more so sad,

Ernie Jackson (on F/b) said...

Very sad news .I worked with Ray quite a lot a really nice guy and a great bass player RIP

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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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