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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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

CD Review: Alchemy Sound Project - Further Explorations

Erica Lindsay (ten); Sumi Tonooka (pno); Salim Washington (ten/ob/fl/bs clt); David Arend (bs); Samantha Boshnack (tpt); Willem de Koch (tmb); Max Wood (dms).
(Review by Dave Brownlow)
A programme of music from five composer/performers – supplemented by two other players for the recording – attempting to explore the common ground between the diverse traditions of classical music and jazz. In the past, such luminaries as Dave and Howard Brubeck, John Lewis, Gunther Schuller, George Russell, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Bill Evans and even Bird himself have attempted to blend the two styles, ie “The Third Stream”, with varying degrees of success.
 Here, the five core members of this project were brought together by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at Columbia University to encourage jazz composers to explore writing music for the symphony orchestra at an extensive week-long course with other leading musicians.
“The result is an artful and boundary-stretching amalgam of jazz and classical ideas that show off the chemistry formed during the bandmates brief but enlightening time studying together ; the concept is about blurring these lines, hybridising jazz elements with classical music” is what it says on the tin…
Ten compositions (two from each contributor) ranging in mood/style from the thoughtful, atmospheric, meditative, soulful, to the progressive/contemporary, bold and experimental. The musicians, all talented players, have produced a debut CD where the jazz/chamber music integration is well conceived and finely executed providing a thoroughly absorbing set for those devotees of contemporary ‘Third Stream’ music.
Available now on Artists Recording Collective ARC – 2666 or from
Dave Brownlow.

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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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