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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Jonathan Silk’s Fragment Quartet @ The Jazz Cafe

Jonathan Silk (drums); Adam Jackson (alto sax); Tom Ford (guitar); Chris Mapp (bass & electronics)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
Jonathan Silk last visited Tyneside with a 17 piece big band on Tuesday night he returned to the Jazz Cafe but this time with a much smaller unit. As the bandleader said this ‘certainly makes meal times easier’. Most of the compositions were from the big band's album Fragment but the quartet format gives them are very different feel. 
With both bass player Chris Mapp and guitarist Tom Ford making use of a vast range of electronic paraphernalia, there was an almost dare I say it Prog rock feel to some of the music. The highlight of the evening for me was Buchaille a Scottish mountain climbed by Silk as a child. This piece seemed to contain many nuanced passages which I enjoyed immensely. For me, all the tunes seem to reach another level when Adam Jackson on alto took a solo he is defiantly one to watch. On drums composer and bandleader Jonathan Silk really kept things rolling creating a great groove for the band to improvise around. A very enjoyable gig indeed.
Steve H.

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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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