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John Pizzarelli: “The thing I’m learning at this point is, if you have the best guys, you don’t have to do too much” – (Down Beat September 2017)

Adam Rogers: “When I plug a Strat into a Marshall that’s cranked, it’s just like…oh, man!” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Globe Does The Tango!

Yes, the downstairs bar at the Globe was host to the Tango Jazz Quartet and about 30 swaying, cavorting dancers on Monday Bank holiday afternoon, and a good time was had by all, including people like myself who simply watched. This was an afternoon of Tango and Milonga, which has to be seen to be believed, sensuous, deft twisting movements from the ladies and more firm, almost balletic, motions from the men.
This is danced in couples, with the men leading and the women doing the fancy stuff, and it’s all based on a square, and the woman has to somehow negotiate the movement around the square.
At least this is what I was told by a friend of one of the dancers. Apparently, the Tango originated as an entertainment in the brothels of Argentina.  Mind boggling!
The dancing began at 3pm to a soundtrack, before the band (personnel listed elsewhere) arrived and took over.  They’d travelled up from Aberystwyth that day, and their itinerary had included Paris and Vienna, so Newcastle was lucky to get them.
The band also performed a music only gig that evening at the Globe, which was very enjoyable and is reviewed separately.
Ann Alex  

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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