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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Rhythm & Blues All Darlington Day Long

(Preview by Russell)
This year’s Darlington Rhythm and Blues Festival is as big, and arguably better, than ever before. Sunday’s day-long event takes place in the town’s Market Square and in many of the friendly pubs in the immediate vicinity. A multi-venue blues festival is a rarity and here it is in the north east of England.   
Topping the bill on the Market Square stage is the Mick Ralphs Band (4:00pm). Some will be attracted by Ralphs’ Mott the Hoople connection, others will be elsewhere. For instance, Bishop FM’s blues DJ Gary Grainger will be playing his own set at the same time around the corner at the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate. The duo of Lee Bates and Billy Newton will be well into their set (2:30pm) at the Boot ‘n’ Shoe and Leeds City Stompers stomp-off at three thirty in the Pennyweight.
The Mentulls kick-off the day’s music at one o’clock in the Market Square and it’ll be half past eight when the final sets get under way – the Andy Power Band will be in the Green Room on Tubwell Row and Kung Fu Blues will knock you for six in the Camra award-winning Quakerhouse in Mechanics’ Yard. The latter venue is certain to be full long before the Kung Fu boys hit the stage. Preceding their set will be Groove-a-matics featuring Johnny Whitehill (guitar) and Mick Cantwell (sax & vocals). You won’t hear anyone better than Groove-a-matics. They’re on at five, start queuing about now.
Regular visitor to Darlington, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, plays the Market Place stage at half past two and at seven Howlin’ Matt shouts at the moon in the Voodoo Café. The festival runs across ten venues including the Dolphin Centre and the Hole in the Wall. A day of rhythm ‘n’ blues from the Missisippi Delta to Chicago to Darlo. Sunday 13th.          

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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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