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Davina Lozier: "So many people never settle into who they really are. They just do what they want to do because they want to be Oscar Peterson or Muddy Waters or Britney Spears. But I am what I am: a chubby, 40-year-old woman who's still doing it." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Basin Street Brawlers - May 11

Pete Horsfall (trumpet, vocals); Ewan Bleach (reeds, vocals); Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone, vocals); Dave Archer (guitar); Colin Good (piano)
(Review by Russell)

Festival regulars know a good thing when they see one and Saturday's midday performance by the Basin Street Brawlers found some forming an orderly queue at eleven o'clock. By half past the hour those who had yet to join the queue were unlikely to be admitted to the Skiddaw Hotel's Greta Suite with all seats and standing room spaces snapped up and still they queued in the corridor hoping one or two would, for some inexplicable reason, choose to leave.

The Brawlers are mega popular in London (Kansas Smitty's and elsewhere) and the word is clearly spreading. Trumpeter Pete Horsfall is an admirer of Henry 'Red' Allen and Ride, Red, Ride! opened the first of two sensational sets. The frontline - Horsfall, free spirit Ewan Bleach (reeds, vocals) and the urbane Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone, vocals) - received sterling backing from the vastly experienced pianist Colin Good and Dave Archer, guitar, depping for the indisposed Martin Wheatley. 

Horsfall and Bleach are the Brawlers' principal vocalists (Midnight Blue's harmonies a lasting memory) with the five-piece outfit consistently impressive whether it be on a seriously hot number (the first set closer Mahogany Hall Stomp featured Bleach's impossibly hot soprano sax) or a take-it-down ballad. 

The second set maintained the standard and the pace with no one in the room going anywhere. Rosetta (Horsfall's killer vocals) took up where the Brawlers left off winning yet more vociferous applause and that's how it was throughout the afternoon - from Hoagy's Two Sleepy People to Bleach tearing it up on High Society. The Basin Street mob would be doing it all again on Sunday - some contemplated forming a queue.   
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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