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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

TBC - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Insanity of King Jazz


Thought the following excerpts below from a 1920s volume that belonged to a friend's grandmother would interest and amuse you.
Mike (Jamieson)
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G. H. Clutsam (The Famous Composer).*

Jazz and Light Music

"It seems hardly possible that those of the public who derive their musical nourishment from either the stupid or the more exotic forms of jazz can appreciate the more normal types of music. But it may be!

... managers believe public taste to have been affected to such a radical extent by jazz that nothing else is required. I do not agree with this theory. There are still large numbers of people who hate the Negro music which was imported here from America a few years ago....

We have many composers who are capable of fine work, but the idea that the public wants nothing but jazz has become such an obsession that they cannot obtain a hearing....

I think the present phase will pass. The public will not continue indefinitely its admiration of the hectic, unsatisfying fare known popularly as jazz. The ear cannot permanently be tickled by infectious combinations of trite tunes (seldom the composer’s), hurting harmonies, and rhythmical vulgarities. The plague will inevitably die out, and its victims return to sanity.”
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*George Howard Clutsam (1866-1951) was a pianist, composer, arranger and song writer, who wrote music criticism for The Observer between 1908 and 1918. The book intersperses writings by well-known musicians, singers, lyricists, composers and conductors with piano music of operettas and light music. One of them, “famous singer” Peter Dawson (1882-1961) wrote: “I think it would be an excellent plan to permit smoking at concerts....I am sure that....men, especially, would be more likely to attend.”

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