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Ambrose Akinmusire: “I love teaching, and I love the exchange. And I’m starting to accept my role as a mentor. That sounds weird to say. But I can’t avoid the fact that there are younger musicians who are watching me.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Mike Gibbs: “Rehearsals are a chance for players to learn my degree of vagueness.” – (Jazzwise September 2017).

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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Family Jazz All Stars with Zoë Gilby @ Sage Gateshead - April 2

Zoë Gilby (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (double bass) & Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Are you sitting comfortably? 11:00am Sunday morning, the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead. A fun and educational concert for the younger jazz fan…one such, Libby, age 6, and another youngster, age 6½ (keen to emphasise the ½), were but two prize winners during an hour of fun and games with Zoë Gilby’s ‘Family Jazz All Stars’. Well behaved grown-ups were welcome to attend if accompanied by a younger jazz fan. Early Sunday perhaps, nevertheless there was a sizeable turn out to hear Zoë Gilby sing songs and conduct a quiz. This Sunday morning jazz fans won prizes!

The ‘Family Jazz All Stars’ are known to all as Gilby, Mark Williams, Andy Champion and Richard Brown. Devised as a concert for the younger listener, the show received favourable reviews when staged at last year’s London Jazz Festival. Now, the north east-based quartet presented the show on home ground at Sage Gateshead. Gilby engaged with the young listener, asking a question, to which a correct answer would be sought at the end of a song. Pointing to one of Richard Brown’s cymbals, Gilby wondered if anyone knew what it was. The young jazz fans in the audience knew the answer. At the conclusion of the song a forest of hands shot into the air. A young jazz fan said: Cymbal! Well done! The older jazz fans didn’t have a clue, so, the youngsters scooped every prize going.
The songs Gilby sang included In It Together, the scary Red Right Hand (a prize offered, and won, for the scariest dance!) and Is It Me?  The Family Jazz All Stars is an entertaining package offering something for everyone – visit: www.zoegilby.co.uk

Russell.

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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.
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