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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Newcastle Arts Centre - December 17

(Review by Lance)
The police sirens were going, the ambulances were trying to get through the traffic, the pavements were awash with mini-skirts and tee shirts. The carousers had taken over the city centre. Was this typical of the Saturday before Christmas in Newcastle? No, just typical of any Saturday night in Newcastle.
Things were more sedate in the Arts Centre, well they would be, wouldn't they? The start was slightly delayed as many of the fans were stuck in traffic or unable to get parked.
Eventually, the annual juggernaut started rolling and... 

Well, as the programme was virtually the same as Friday night's, described so graphically by Russell in a previous post, and as I totally agree with his assessment, I'm not going to post chapter and verse. Rather a few comments relevant to the evening.
In the first set, the band were on form with all the usual suspects vying for the number 9 shirt. However, the balance wasn't perfect and the vocals were, at times, almost inaudible. Fortunately, come the second set, this seemed to have been sorted out.
The second set - the Christmas Set - certainly silenced anyone who bah humbugged Christmas. These arrangements would have hit the jackpot at Easter, Septuagesima and all the other 'special days'. The Strictly Smokin' 'mothers' could redefine Mothering Sunday. 
I headed for the Metro, but not before snapping Alice with Patti and Mary - her two biggest fans after Russell and I and, eventually, the rest of the world.
At Central Station the cops were trying to 'cuff a man who wasn't having any of it. Backup was called for.
The queue for the Metro was about 10 miles long (at a guess) so I opted for the good old 27 bus which was only 10 minutes late.
Yes, same old Saturday night.
Lance.
Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Kieran Parnaby, David Barnes, Tom Dowling, John Flood (trombones); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Graham Don (piano); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Michael Whent (bass); Steve Wall (drums); Alice Grace (vocals) & F’reez (vocals)

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