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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - 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, February 02, 2016

Jamie Toms and Not Now Charlie

I put the group together back in 2013 to try out some compositions I had been working on and after some good feedback from the players we agreed to try and take it further.  We then got the opportunity to debut the project at the 2014 GIJF which was well received by a large concourse audience and thus Not Now Charlie was born.  Although we had all played together in various other groups we had never worked much in this small band line up before and so, after GIJF, we took some time to try and get a group sound going, write new material and to familiarise our new drummer Dave McKeague with the set.
The first outing of the new line up was at Cluny 2 in Jan 2015 supporting Slowlight Quartet.  We got lots of positive feedback from this gig wrote more tunes so that we could present a set of entirely original music on our next outing.  It has taken a while but it’s finally here - Feb 12 @ The Jazz Cafe.
The band are all graduates of the Jazz Degree but have a wide range of musical influences.  With a love for jazz, rock, pop, neo soul and R&B it was inevitable that Not Now Charlie’s music would reflect many of these elements.  Melody and groove are at the heart of our playing and they aim to have even the non-jazz lover hooked.  Taking our influence from the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman yet still managing to create their own individual sound.
Some demos are available on our website (notnowcharlie.com).
Support is from the new line up of Saxophonics (now featuring Alan Marshall), but I assume I don’t need to tell you much about those guys! 
Jamie

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