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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, February 26, 2016

Virtuoso Jazz Trio @ The Lit & Phil. February 26

George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) & Bruce Rollo (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Nova Scotian George MacDonald played the Great American Songbook with friends James Birkett and Bruce Rollo. Brought up on Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, the genial ex-pat Canadian conveyed his love of the music, recalling his early childhood listening to his parents’ radio – the days of dance halls, a boy dancing with a girl, the coast to coast live radio broadcasts of the star names of the era.
Blues, After You’ve Gone, Somebody Loves Me. The Lit and Phil’s monthly lunchtime concert series presented the Virtuoso Jazz Trio. Word of mouth ensured the room was full to overflowing. Extra seating taken up, it was standing room only for some. Wave, arguably Jobim’s best-loved tune, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (programme notes suggested Berklee!) and It Don’t Mean a Thing encompassed bossa, ballads, and without question, swing. Mr MacDonald exudes a relaxed air. A professional classical clarinetist for three decades, the Virtuoso Jazz Trio is his other passion. More than two decades on the trio continues to delight audiences. Dr James Birkett, guitar, and bassist  Bruce Rollo worked empathetically from first note to last.
Two helpings of Hoagy Carmichael, back to back, showcased Mr MacDonald’s eloquent playing; Georgia and Skylark (the playful ascent of the songbird expertly evoked). Lady Be Good is the trio’s showstopper. Taken at a lick, the younger men (Messrs Birkett and Rollo) kept up with maestro MacDonald…just! Stompin’ at the Savoy didn’t let up and a Sweeat Georgia Brown (a beautiful typo in the programme notes) was just that... ‘sweeat’
Prolonged applause greeted the trio. Mr MacDonald asked if they could take the audience   with them! ‘Next time’ just happens to be tonight (Friday 26) at Ushaw College, Durham starting at half past seven. 

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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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