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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sam Leak Big Band - Summer Tales and Winding Roads

Trust me - the Big Band is alive and kicking and, in many forms! Sunday saw the NCRO working at the roots of the genre whilst, on Tuesday, the Jonathan Silk Big Band were at the other side of the street. The recent release by DUBB took a middle plus path and tonight, had circumstances not decreed otherwise,  I'd have been digging the SSBB at the Millstone whilst, among my CDs awaiting review, is a very tasty offering by the Jeff Benedict Big Band who sail out of LA and other American jazz ports.
So yes, big bands are far from dead!
This particular YouTube video by the Sam Leak Big Band recorded live at London's Spice of Life (ah the memories!) is comparable with any of this year's crop and stands up well alongside many more famous ensembles.
Lance

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