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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CD Review: Sam Crockatt Quartet – Mells Bells

Sam Crockatt (tenor saxophone), Kit Downes (piano), Oli Hayhurst (double bass) & James Maddren (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Recorded and mixed in London during 2014 and mastered in New York in autumn 2015,  Sam Crockatt’s Mells Bells is about to hit the racks. Eight tracks composed by tenor man Crockatt, this new recording features the London Loop Collective man and three first call new generation musicians. The CD is a Whirlwind Recordings project and the label name is invariably a guarantee of quality.
The opening tracks – Canon and The Masterplan – are straight ahead swinging affairs. It is refreshing to hear a gifted quartet get down to business with a minimum of fuss. Leader Crockatt encourages Kit Downes to play and the pianist does just that, swinging hard and with real verve. The wonderfully titled I Found You in the Jam hears Crockatt’s wrought, shackled tenor searching, seeking to break free but ultimately restrained ahead of the title track Mells Bells during which all hell breaks loose. Blame it on James Maddren! A man known for unfailing good taste, brushes at the ready, here he kicks off, something clearly upset him! Crockatt squares up and the ensuing six minutes and thirty one seconds leave none standing.
Breath is an apposite follow up as a collective breath is taken. A Stroll on the Knoll picks up pace once again until the recording’s closing tunes – Tiny Steps, Top of the Mountain                 (initially a return to a more reflective group dynamic) and The Land that Time Forgot go out on a contemporary, swinging high.
Sam Crockatt has an album launch at the Soho, London Pizza Express on February 2nd. Further dates follow across southern England. Sam Crockatt Quartet Mells Bells CD is released on January 29th on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings Ltd (WR4681).

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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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