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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Thursday November 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Brand New Heavies - Riverside, Neptune House, Close, Newcastle NE1 3RQ. 7:00pm. £25.00.

Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Son Yambu - Whorlton Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD. Tel: 01833 627253. 7:30pm. £10.00., £5.00. child, £25.00. family.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (slto sax); Dave Archbold (keys). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Monday, August 26, 2019

Ushaw Jazz Festival (Day 3 Afternoon Part One) VHB - August 25

Faye Thompson (alto sax); Marko Marsenic (tenor sax); Cameron McArthur (piano/keys); Rebecca Hall (synth bass); Susan Rutter (drums).
(Review by Lance)

After the previous day's invasion by the Birmingham gang, today it was the turn of a contingent from York University to take root in the Francis Thompson Room.

Led from piano/keys by McArthur, the music was very Robert Glasper inspired which is the Holy Grail to some and the devil incarnate to others (note how I pick my metaphors to suit the surrounds). Personally, my feelings lie somewhere in the middle and, all in all, it was an enjoyable set.


Faye Thompson, I presume, isn't  related to the aforementioned Francis who gazed down upon them, if he is, I'm sure he'd have been proud of her. We've been impressed with Faye's playing ever since an initial sit in at the old Jazz Café jam session. On tenor, Mark Marsenic blew some gutsy tenor that also drew the plaudits and I'm not just praising the two saxes because they were wearing Doc Martins...

McArthur appeared to be the leader and wrote most of the music. One piece that was, as yet, untitled had a particularly frenetic ending and when asked for suggestions for a title I almost called out The Fall of the House of Ushaw but seeing the Doc Martins only four feet away I kept schtumm! 

With Rebecca Hall on synth bass and Susan Rutter on drums, girl-power was to the fore and both slotted in admirably, albeit, unobtrusively.

A good start to the final day (I missed out on the family fun earlier - see previous review from Russell).
Lance.

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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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