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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.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

CD Review: Jocelyn Michelle - Time to Play

Jocelyn Michelle (B3, pno); John Rack, Bruce Forman (gtr); Doug Webb (ten); Steve Mann (ten/alt/sop); Stan Martin, Andrea Lindborg (tpt); Sammy K, Brad Dutz (perc); Gina Saputo, Regina Leonard Smyth (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Hot on the heels of Thursday's Big Idea gig at the Jazz Café, comes this B3 disc from Hawaii. From 'Howay the lads'  to 'Hawaii the lass' for indeed the B3 machinist is of that gender and, going by the album pic, there will be no shortage of roadies to carry the Hammond, the speaker, and her handbag to a gig on the 23rd floor albeit no doubt supervised by husband, guitarist Rack.
The lady can play, she can swing and, if it's not as funky as the Big Idea, Michelle has her own jazzy thing going for her.
Apart from hubby John's excellent guitar solos, the horns are well featured and the two vocalists slot in perfectly on their individual tracks.
It's cool and relaxed, perfect for that balmy evening in Honolulu after a day on the beach at Waikiki drinking a local cocktail and letting the music and the white rum take over.
Come to think of it, if we ever have a balmy evening on Tyneside, after a day on the beach at South Shields, the music would go down equally well.
Jocelyn Michelle - Time to Play will be available soon on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Records.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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