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Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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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.


16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar,
Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).
Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Carlisle Jazz Club (Carlisle Rugby Club), Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LW. 8.30pm. £10.

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle - Jan. 28

(© Pam)
Graham Hardy (trumpet); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax, clarinet); Jason Holcomb (trombone); Emma Fisk (violin); Jamie McCredie (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

This Brundíbar Arts Festival presentation was something of a departure, this being the first jazz concert to feature in the festival's programming. In his opening remarks, MC Jason Holcomb acknowledged the heavyweight subject matter at the core of the evening's concert, adding that he hoped the swinging charts would be a fitting commemoration of the extraordinary musicians incarcerated during WWII at Terezin and other concentration camps. 

The Globe on Railway Street couldn't have been busier. Row upon row of seats, cabaret style tables, some standing at the back of the room, there was a palpable sense of occasion. Opening with I Got Rhythm, it could be said it was a regulation start. And that's as it should be, the musicians at Terezin (many would lose their lives in the camps) were intent on playing 'entartete musik' (roughly translating to 'degenerate music'), for their own enjoyment, although the music, the jazz, would be exploited by the Nazis for propaganda purposes.

The set list comprised familiar numbers, the horns - Holcomb, Graham Hardy, Faye MacCalman - featuring on the majority of the tunes, the strings - Emma Fisk and Jamie McCredie - on others, notably Nuages. As this is the week of Django Reinhardt's birth (23.1.1013) it couldn't have been more appropriate that the brilliant Emma Fisk (Stéphane Grappelli!) should play such a prominent part. 

Fritz Weiss served as arranger to Terezin's Ghetto Swingers. It is likely Holcomb and the all star ensemble worked from stock arrangements, begging the question: Are any of Weiss' original charts in existence today? All of the numbers were known to the many jazz fans on the premises, perhaps some non-jazz aficionados - of which there appeared to be a few - were hearing them for the first time...It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That SwingMood IndigoStompin' at the SavoyBlue Skies. The frontline and rhythm section (Andy Champion! Abbie Finn!) more than did justice to the material and the occasion. The full house demanded an encore. This being a remembrance of the Ghetto Swingers and others, MC Holcomb said they would reprise the opening number (the Ghetto Swinger's signature tune), I Got Rhythm. It had been a memorable evening. Russell     

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