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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Preview: Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) @ Sage Gateshead - Monday Dec 17

(Preview by Russell)
Today (Saturday 15) marks seventy-four years to the day since Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel. Several uncorroborated sightings of the legendary AAF bandleader down the local chip shop aside, no one has clapped eyes on the all-American icon until now...

At Sage Gateshead on Monday (Dec 17) the Miller orchestra will revisit the days when a night spent in the local air-raid shelter was a communal bonding exercise and a banana was considered a luxury. Ah, those were the days! On parade on Monday - 19:30 hrs sharp! - will be Major Miller and his famous band. Of course, the role of Glenn Miller will be played by Ray McVay. His band on duty in Gateshead comprises fearless troupers (troopers?), the sort who've seen action in the trenches of many a provincial theatre as well as occasional sorties abroad. 

Vocalist Catherine Sykes returns once more and standing shoulder to shoulder with her will be Mark Porter as they sing a selection of songs from McVay's 200+ book of arrangements, of which some are the original charts written by Billy May and Bill Finegan. The Moonlight Serenaders will break ranks, similarly, the Uptown Hall Gang, to entertain Sage One's sing-a-long crowd. Be prepared for a nostalgia fest. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, to be sure of your ticket call the ticket office now on 0191 443 4661. 
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.
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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