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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tribute to Amy Winehouse’s legacy heads to Sunderland a decade after the pop icon’s tragic death

(Press release)

Sunderland’s new live entertainment venue, The Fire Station is set to host a special celebration of the life and music of Amy Winehouse, with some of the country’s most talented young jazz musicians joining forces for an unmissable showcase of the legendary singer’s music.

Amy Winehouse is undoubtedly one of the greatest musical talents to come out of the UK, with her unmistakable character, vocal dexterity and masterful songwriting making her a pop icon.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) will head to The Fire Station on Thursday 10th February to perform a selection of arrangements from the singer’s iconic discography along with a number of her favourite tunes that she once performed as the featured female vocalist for NYJO over twenty years ago.

Winehouse’s tragic passing in 2011 makes her one of the most sorely missed artists in recent memory. Now, ten years on, her music still shines, undiminished, in all its defiant brilliance.

The concert, which is currently touring the UK, celebrates Amy’s enduring legacy, reimagining her greatest hits and revisiting early works which she sang with the 24-piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a promising 16-year-old singer. 

Taking on the formidable role of Amy Winehouse is one of the UK’s brightest young jazz vocalists, Lucy-Anne Daniels who, like Amy, became the lead vocalist for NYJO at the age of 16. Since then, she has performed at various venues and festivals across the country and began studying jazz voice at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2020. 

Arrangements are provided by the award-winning composer, saxophonist, and improviser Olivia Murphy whose works have been performed by various high-profile jazz ensembles since graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire last year.

Mark Armstrong, Artistic and Music Director, NYJO and Jazz Professor, Royal College of Music, said:  “It has been really exciting to tour a programme that celebrates the work of one of the UK’s most iconic pop icons. Visiting venues around the country and meeting local audiences is such an important part of being a performing musician - we’re really looking forward to playing for you in Sunderland!

“Hearing this music in a big band setting really enhances its power and emotion with all the energy and colour this format is capable of: you can expect to hear a variety of Amy’s best loved hits, from Rehab to Valerie.

“It’s great to spotlight the talents of our vocalist Lucy Ann Daniels and arranger/MD Olivia Murphy who have contributed so much to this project. Both are incredibly talented young musicians who it would be great to catch at this point in their careers. It’s a fun night out and like all performers we are so pleased to be able to get back out and play live again so it would be fantastic to have your support - hope we’ll see you there at The Fire Station!”

The band will be conducted by one of the UK’s most in-demand brass instrumentalists, Winston Rollins. His credits as a writer, arranger, trombonist and producer reads like a who's who of pop iconoclasts. Over his successful career, Rollins has worked with the likes of James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Ray Charles, Paloma Faith, Chaka Khan, Jamiroquai, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Cee Lo Green and Amy Winehouse herself with whom he worked on her 2003 debut album, Frank.

NYJO says it aims to honour Amy’s life and her work, with a performance that fans of big band jazz and Amy obsessives will both love.

Speaking ahead of the show, The Fire Station Venue Director, Tamsin Austin, said:We are very excited to host National Youth Jazz Orchestra for what promises to be a poignant and celebratory concert of one of music’s most enduring and influential icons, Amy Winehouse.

“We are also excited to hear the warmth and resonance of a full big band in the auditorium for the first time!

The Fire Station opened late last year with an ambitious season of live music, dance, comedy and theatre lined up for the next six months. NYJO’s tribute to Amy Winehouse will join a host of other national and international artists on the venue’s opening programme, Firestarters.

Firestarters is commissioned by Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tickets for ‘Amy Winehouse – A Celebration of Her Life and Music with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra’ are on sale now and priced from £16.50 for adults, and from £5.50 for under 18's, subject to the normal booking fees.

For more information and tickets.

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