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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 Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

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 guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Jazz in Jarrow - Just for the record














So there I was mooching around Jarrow's Viking Shopping Centre - the outlook was decidedly blue, what to do? what to do? what to do? Circumstances decreed I'd be unable to get to the DJAZZ Festival in Durham and the opening of the heavens decreed that mooching was no longer an option. As it has done on many more serious occasions, the Sally Army came to the rescue. I scuttled into their local charity shop seeking shelter and succour and what did I find?

A stand that's full of vinyl or what we older folks refer to as LPs. And there, amidst the usual dross of Jim Reeves, Max Bygraves and Mantovani were the two albums pictured!



At £1.50 a shot I didn't hesitate - there may have been other jazz moochers around - but plonked my money down and went on my way rejoicing.

The Red Allen album, recorded in 1957, has such all-time greats as Coleman Hawkins, J.C.Higginbotham, Buster Bailey, Marty Napoleon, Everett Barksdale, Lloyd Trotman and Cosy Cole. For those who think Shaw and Goodman were the pinnacles of clarinet playing check out Buster Bailey.

The Garner album is less exciting having a brass section augmenting the trio but when the pianist is given his freedom he shines as only he can.

Talking about shining - it had stopped raining when I left!
Lance

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