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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)


Today Tuesday June 18



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


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

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

Benson hedges his bets and looks back at two blues/rock legends

Legendary Jazz Guitarist George Benson will be releasing his brand new album Walking To New Orleans on April 26th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The iconic musician pays tribute to Rock & Roll pioneers Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

Speaking about the two artists, Benson explains "I'm a great appreciator of the music made by both of those guys," says Benson, who reanimates their genius with his signature soulful vocals and buttery solos. "Chuck Berry was a great showman and a great musician, and Fats Domino cut nothing but hit after hit after hit.

The first track to be released from the album is the awesome version of Chuck Berry’s Nadine (Is It You?), which you can check out here.
So that's the good news. The bad news is that if you want to hear him live then you either head down south to Hammersmith Apollo on July 18/19, buy the album on April 26 or head over to Europe, if they are still speaking to us, and hear him in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
Press release.


Liz said...

Nice pun, Benson & Hedges!

Steve T said...

Apparently his voice failed him on his last tour which would be something to shout about; Benson going back to jazz guitar.
Have you seen the clip of him and (current white blues/rock guitar hero) Joe Bonamassa (I believe at Edinburgh Jazz Festival) where Joe says 'Jazz, that's what the real musicians play.'

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