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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

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

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

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

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

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

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Matt Anderson & Aubin Vanns @ The Jazz Café – Dec 18

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone) & Aubin Vanns (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
It was Black-Eye Friday, apparently. At the Jazz Café it was Fantastic Friday! Heading home for Christmas, albeit by a circuitous gigging route, tenor man Matt Anderson and guitarist Aubin Vanns called into the Jazz Café to play a Friday night duo gig. Outside, those looking to present a seasonal shiner went their merry way; those looking to avoid any such prospect, kept their head down, their metaphorical guard up, on the ‘office do’  merry meander.
Everything I Love opened the Anderson-Vanns’ set. Expansive, authoritative tenor from Anderson reaffirmed the view that the Royal Academy postgrad is a major voice on the national scene. Breathy Getzian tenor with a modernist edge dovetailed seamlessly with Vanns’ rich chordal vocabulary. Anderson’s Burning Man – usually heard in the set list of the Wildflower Sextet – and Vanns’ I Have Something to Say, But I’m Not Saying It held the attention of a select audience. An Apple Mac set-up (delays, loops etc) gave an altogether different take on Hoagy’s Skylark. Now listen here: one shouldn’t mess with a classic tune…Wonderful music, faint as a will o’ the wisp. Yet…somehow this treatment worked! The next time the duo visit Newcastle Skylark must be on the set list.
Kenny Wheeler’s Everybody’s Song But My Own has become something of a favourite of many musicians. It’s a marvellous melody and no doubt the Canadian brass master would be tickled pink to know how much others thought of his music. Anderson and Vanns paid due respect to the tune. The Jazz Café had a laid back feel to it; an oasis of calm amidst a night of bedlam out on the street. The adjoining Black Swan absorbed every jazz gig-goer for miles around as the hugely popular Strictly Smokin’ Big Band played the first of two nights to a full house. The Caff duo resumed their set with George Shearing’s Conception and followed with another Anderson original; Ralph’s Cross refers to a Yorkshire Moors’ waymarker – musicians seek and find inspiration in myriad ways! Thelonious Monk has become something of a spiritual guardian on Pink Lane. A staple of jam sessions and the subject of the ongoing Graeme Wilson-Paul Edis duo project heard only last week at No 25 Pink Lane, Anderson and Vanns’ played a samba-inflected Ask Me Now. As it is the season to be jolly/blotto (delete as appropriate) the evening’s entertainment ended with In the Bleak Midwinter. No one – bah humbugging types included – objected. May you find much jazz on your merry meanderings.
Russell.               

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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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