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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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Seminary to Quakerhouse, it’s all jazz to Eales

(Report by Tony Russell)
Bebop Spoken Here’s Durham Dalesman Tony Eales is equally at home taking a pew in a place of worship as he is in frequenting a den of iniquity. On Friday evening our southern correspondent went to a big band gig. No surprise there given that Eales thinks nothing of making a trip to Los Angeles to hear a big band. Friday’s concert was somewhat closer to home in the splendour of Ushaw College on the outskirts of Durham.
The Customs House Big Band played well, reports Eales. MD Peter Morgan has acquired a new guitarist…one Bradley Johnston (1st Class of course). As always Ms Ruth Lambert sang with the band. Eales made a quick head count (quickly losing count) of those taking a pew.

Early Sunday evening TE went to see a man about a dog. The Quakerhouse, tucked away in Mechanics’ Yard just off Skinnergate in Darlington, is one of a number of venues used by Darlington Jazz Club. Anything but a dive, more a proper pub, recognised by Camra’s local branch as a gem, the pub hosts blues and rock gigs and, fortnightly Sunday, a really good jazz gig. Sunday’s really good gig featured the Dean Stockdale Trio. TE reckons the line-up handled a mixture of standards and originals with aplomb. There’s no reason why anyone would think otherwise as pianist Stockdale is working with bassist Mick Shoulder and ace drummer Adam Sinclair. An attentive audience enjoyed two sets in the compact upstairs room of the award-winning hostelry.


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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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