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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

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

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

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

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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sinatra Birthday Bash in Red Bank

Had he still been with us Frank Sinatra would have been 102 today and, although he's now long gone, his memory lingers on. His Rat Pack buddy, Dean Martin, would have been 100 this year. My dear friend, Lydia Diel now lives in New Jersey but, way back when, we both attended Jarrow Central School albeit at different times.
Today, I received, not only a Christmas card from Lydia but also a report, program and ticket stub from the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank of a concert by Dean's daughter Deana whereby she pays tribute in song to her father and her 'Uncle Frank'.
This is how Lydia heard it:
I really don't want to make you envious but I went to the Count Basie [Theatre] for the Jazz Birthday Bash. Frank would have been 102 this year; Dean Martin 100. His daughter Deana is 69 but doesn't look it. She has a fantastic voice, is a superb entertainer and skips about the stage like a 2-year-old!. Between songs, she told great tales about her father and 'Uncle Frankie'. It was over 2 hours and the audience laughed between songs at the jokes. Sorry you missed it.

Yes, I'm sorry I missed it too but how fantastic that Lydia's card and bits and bobs landed today of all days! Merry Xmas Lydia and Happy Anniversary Frank - wherever you are!
Lance

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