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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.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Paul Dunmall/Tony Bianco @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - Nov. 1

Paul Dunmall (reeds, pipes); Tony Bianco (drums, percussion).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew). 
The first set contained 3 amazing drum solo’s and what was so unique about this is that was all it contained. Tony Bianco unleashed a hurricane of activity on the drum kit pausing only momentarily between the three pieces. The energy levels were immense as the tempo went from fast to faster and even faster still.  Not to everyone’s taste I’m sure but both mesmerising and hypnotic for all those present.
For the second set, Bianco was joined on reeds by long-time friend and collaborator Paul Dunmall. According to the advertising Dunmall was also meant to be playing the pipes but on this night he must have been aware of the old definition of a gentleman - “A man who knows how to play the bagpipes but doesn’t” The duo each gave as good as they got, Bianco still smashing his drums to oblivion and Dunmall responding with pyrotechnics on the reeds switching between tenor, alto and soprano like a master golfer switches from driver, to long iron to short iron. The energy of the performance was captivating and both protagonists looked exhausted on the completion of the set.
One would have to say that this gig  was for a somewhat niche audience, not suitable for those seeking melodious, measured  music but ideal for those looking  for excitement, raw energy and something completely different.  Photos.
Steve H.

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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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