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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

To 33 or not to 33? That is the question

The April edition of JazzTimes which I've belatedly got around to reading cover to cover rather the peripheral glance I initially gave it includes an interesting article on the pros and cons of digital v analogue/CD v LP etc. which I know some of our contributors feel strongly about.

This got me to thinking about where I stood in this debate and, to tell you the truth, I don't know!


When I first started listening to music it was via 78rpm single shellac records on a wind-up gramophone. There was lots of surface noise and, as I'd frequently bought them second hand, often much worse! But, did this deter me from the enjoyment? It didn't, I knew no different. Likewise, I'd also listen to jazz on the radio via some obscure continental station or the American Forces Network (AFN) station broadcast from Munich. Again, against all odds and despite the atmospherics, the music shone through.

I remember reading a novel, I can't remember the author - it may have been Peter de Polnay but probably wasn't. In the book, a couple are listening to a very average performance by, I'm guessing, an out of tune violinist playing a well-known concerto. The woman says, "Isn't that dreadful?" To which the man replies, "No, irrespective of the performance, I only hear what it should sound like." Those may not have been the exact words but I can relate them to the present day.

When stereo came along, I recall a salesman coming into the music shop where I worked with a demo record in which a bowling ball could be heard rolling from one side of the room to the other. We all gasped in awe although, with the odd exception, when applied to music I remained quite happy with mono recordings.

I was also quite happy with LPs until CDs came along and, suddenly, the long player with its beautiful artwork and easy to read sleeve notes became passé - file alongside piano rolls and cylinders.

The way things are going, CDs will soon be joining them as streaming and downloading become the norm. And yet, we now hear that cassette tapes are making a comeback and a recent Lockjaw and Johnny Griffin recording has been dished up on reel to reel so who knows?

Let's hear your views.
Lance

1 comment :

Ann Alex said...

I'm all for CDs for most listening as I sometimes can't manage streaming, but each mode has good points. You can pinpoint the exact place to replay something on an old fashioned cassette but you have to go to the whole track on a CD. Vinyl is somehow more 'immediate' and the artwork is appealing. I can understand people hearing music 'as it should be' on an imperfect recording. After all, how did Beethoven compose after he became deaf? He must have heard the music in his head.

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