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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)


Today Saturday August 19

Lin Lee Wong (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Smokehouse Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sokool Band - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. Brenda Sokell w. quartet.
Rendezvous Jazz - Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £12 (£10 - Friends of Durham Cathedral).
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Buck Clayton’s legacy lives on at Sage Gateshead

(Preview by Russell)
Wilbur ‘Buck’ Clayton, trumpeter, composer. Born 1911, died 1991. A young Clayton played piano for a while, encouraged by his musician father, but the trumpet was to be the instrument to bring him fame in the jazz world. Several years with the Count Basie band ended with war-time service in the US Army. Post war, JATP engagements and a   busy recording studio scheduled enhanced his profile. Trips to Europe followed and he was immortalised in the 1960 film Jazz on a Summer’s Day.
It was Clayton’s European travels that led to an enduring friendship with Old Etonian all round good egg trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton. The pair worked together, theirs more a genuine friendship than any ‘on the gig’ civility. Following Clayton’s death in 1991, the urbane Lyttleton (musician/broadcaster/writer) continued to champion the American and his contribution – his legacy – to the music.
In recent years musician/broadcaster/ writer Alyn Shipton has picked up the baton touring with an all star European band playing the music of, and associated with, Buck Clayton. On Friday October 30 the Buck Clayton Legacy Band returns to Sage Gateshead to play a celebratory concert: A Celebration of Duke Ellington. The focus of the evening will be on an often overlooked aspect of Ellington – music for the small combo. Shipton’s interest is personal having been given a box full of Clayton’s arrangements by the man himself. The band is adaptable, playing other programmes, including a Billie Holiday set, but this Sage Gateshead date is about the Clayton-Ellington association.
The greats will be remembered, but don’t expect it to be a maudlin occasion – music at its best uplifts, restoring faith in humanity. This Sage gig features Shipton (double bass) and his co-bandleader and Matthias Seuffert (reeds), together with Ian Smith (trumpet), Adrian Fry (trombone), reeds duo Alan Barnes and Robert Fowler, master pianist Martin Litton and drummer Bobby Worth making for as expert an ensemble of small group exponents either side of the Atlantic.       
The band’s previous visit to Gateshead received glowing reviews and this October date is   sure to do likewise. Tickets are going like hot (jazz) cakes. So, to be sure of your seat telephone the ticket office: 0191 443 4661. And there is still time to book your place on the following day’s workshop led by Shipton & co before they dash down the M1 to play an evening gig at the Pizza Express, Maidstone. Hugely recommended.

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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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