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Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: The Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra

(Review by Russell).
The Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra is a shining example of jazz education at its best. Based in Scarborough, the ensemble performs regularly in Yorkshire and, as and when funds permit, further afield including frequent visits to Wearside to take part in the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival in Sunderland. EASY, as the outfit is known, has become a fixture at Scarborough. This year’s invite included a workshop session with Alan Barnes and Gareth Williams. Christmas comes early to Scarborough! 
As the Grand Hall’s afternoon session ended, festival goers filtered through the lounge to order another pint of Wold Top Brewery’s festival beer and claim a seat in the Spa’s Sun Court to listen to the EASY band. Tutored year round by dedicated, unsung musicians – Ralph Alder and Nigel Blenkiron, to name but two – this Scarborough Jazz Festival date must surely rank as up there with the most prestigious in the EASY’s diary. Alan Barnes and Gareth Williams took it in turn to share conducting duties with Alder and Blenkiron.
A nine-strong saxophone section, five trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section of piano, bass and drums got stuck into Back in Blue Orleans, Stolen Moments, Yesterdays and many others. Soloists impressed, Barnes and Williams were impressed, and spoke of the vital role of bands such as the EASY orchestra in nurturing the next generation of jazz stars. Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely? engendered a ‘feel good’ atmosphere and to end, Mr A Barnes sat in the reeds’ section to play the Pink Panther theme. Barnesy just about held his own. At the conclusion of the Eastern Area Schools Youth Orchestra’s set Ralph Alder presented the Geoff Laycock Memorial Cup to the band’s Musician of the Year. A proud Ben Quilter, drums, stepped forward to accept the award which was established by family members of the late Geoff Laycock, a man who, for many years, was a key figure in the development of the band and a well-known figure on the regional music scene.

Russell.

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