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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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

Monday, April 09, 2018

GIJF Day 2: Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion Duo plus some random reflections - Sage Gateshead, April 7

(Review by Ann Alex/photo by Lance).
I didn’t get the chance to hear as much of the Concourse performances as I would have liked this year. However, I did manage to catch Zoe Gilby (voice) and Andy Champion, (double bass) on Saturday. Not many singers would dare to perform with just bass accompaniment, but Zoe is fearless, fine-voiced and flexible, with an interesting mix of songs. Her husband Andy plays bass to-die-for, brilliant, tuneful, exciting music. 
They began with Way Down In The Hole; then a standard Our Love Is Here To Stay. The rest of the programme was of songs not normally thought of as jazz, but they worked well with jazz interpretations. There was Pink Floyd’s Money; Kashka From Baghdad (from Kate Bush’s Lionheart album) and Nick Drake’s Riverman.
The following day, Sunday, Zoe and Andy played a support set to Sheila Jordan, the report of which will be posted separately.
Getting back to my more (to others) mundane duties, I’d recommend everyone to serve on a stand at a jazz festival. It’s a great way to meet people. Within about 10 minutes of taking my seat on Friday evening, I had greeted and/or chatted to a dozen people that I knew. But since my job on the stand was to publicise the Jazz Co-op, it was maybe more important to talk to those I didn’t know and to hand out gig lists. So I chatted to a man who instructed me in exactly how to play the violin, even providing a simple diagram. He is new to jazz so I told him about Gypsy Jazz, which he could well be checking out on the internet as I write.
I greeted a couple of folkies with diverse musical tastes, who’d actually come to see Chris Barber.
See what I mean?
The House Of The Black Gardenia on Sunday teatime was another high spot with superb swing dancing. The Concourse was crowded, including people on the stairs, quite a buzz for a brilliant band reviewed elsewhere. 
In fact, you could have a great time without moving from the Concourse, and it’s all free so you’d just need money for a drink or two (or three). This year you could have seen such as the young person’s band Jazz Attack, or John Pope and Mark Williams, and many others.
Ann Alex  

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