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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Tuesday August 22

Afternoon
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Evening
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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nest Egg for the Early Birds

(By George MacKellar)
The generosity of the North East Jazz community (both in terms of spirit and resources) has been well known to your correspondent for several years. Such generosity manifests in the warm welcomes given both to those wish to make music and to those (like myself) who sit and listen; in the gracious way in which the seasoned veterans give way to jam session sitters-in; in the encouragement given throughout the community to the next generation of jazz musicians; in the thoughtful tributes paid to those who have completed their journey; and in the willingness to contribute financially and in kind to the greater good.

Such generosity was recently exemplified by Norman Redhead, the house drummer for Dave Weisser’s long running Take it to the Bridge workshop. Whilst attending Matthew’s Farewell Jazz Party earlier this month, Norman (pictured) heard that the Early Bird Band Project was seeking funds to purchase a drum kit for use by the band. Without missing a beat, Norman stepped forward and offered up a full bop kit (drums, cymbals, hardware and throne) for the benefit of the Early Bird Project. The kit has been delivered to its new home at Newcastle’s Lit & Phil.
Norman’s lavish gift will enable the funds raised by the party event (£374 raised through the generosity of the wider jazz community) to be spent on other initiatives within the Early Bird project. Rumour has it that an Early Bird Big Band is on the cards….watch this space!!
In the meantime following the success of the Farewell Party, your correspondent is considering an annual summer fundraiser following a similar format to celebrate and encourage the next wave of players. Let me know if you think this is a good idea. 
George MacKellar.

2 comments :

  1. An annual summer fundraiser is a great idea, on one condition...that others help out in putting the thing together, you can't be expected to do it all yourself!

    Norman's generosity in donating a drum kit is something else!

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  2. Since Paul and I set up Early Birds the support from other performers and audience members has been jaw dropping.

    People have given up time and money to help the group far beyond anything Paul and I could have ever dreamed of and Norman's gift is a shining example of that generosity.

    The Early Birds have taken flight.

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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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