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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Steve Hackett Encore @ Newcastle City Hall 12/11/20

Following his triumphant gig at Sage Gateshead last month, the former Genesis guitarist has announced dates for next year, including - surprise surprise - Newcastle.

This time he's playing Seconds Out; his final album with the band, though he'd left by the time of its release. It's a double (vinyl) album which should be considered one of the greatest live rock albums ever, despite some seriously dodgy singing from Phil on seven tracks from the Gabriel era (including three from Selling England and the twenty three minute Supper's Ready) plus five from the two studio albums since he'd left, including one instrumental.  

Seconds Out featured Bill Bruford on drums (Yes, King Crimson, UK, Bruford, Earthworks) so Hackett's drummer is going to have his work cut out on the mammoth drum duels between two of rocks finest jazz influenced drummers, on the instrumental section of Cinema Show and Los Endos.

Anybody planning on going - and I strongly recommend you should - there are no decent seats left and soon there won't be any.
Steve T.

4 comments :

Billy Montgomery said...

I used to like this blog when it was all about jazz and the only Hackett mentioned was Bobby Hackett!

Russell said...

Well said, Bill. I understand Steve has an appointment with his GP to discuss his 'prog rock' affliction. As for 'Phil', I'd no more refer to Collins as 'Phil' than I would refer to effing Johnson as 'Boris'.

Steve T said...

This is about jazz. Jazzwise never goes a month without talking about progrock and often reviews prog albums, and not just the jazzier end. Don't recall seeing any reviews of Michael albums. In the early seventies jazz-rock - the premier jazz style of the time - and progrock weren't so much cousins as twins. The progrock revival is very much in line with the resurgence of interest in jazz and many of the young jazz musicians admit to major influences from progrock. A focus on musicianship and composition rather than verse chorus haircut should be welcome to jazzers. Part of the problem is that the nostalgia media attempted to present progrock as what happened between the Beatles and punkrock, but that was glamrock and prog was more in line with jazz, soul, funk, blues, reggae etc and only really hit the pop charts in the late seventies when it had - allegedly - imploded.

stevebfc said...

Bebop Spoken here
Is a blog that nobody should fear
You may at first get a shock
With reviews of Buble and Prog Rock
But the sites good intentions are clear