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Gordon Beck: "No one has the answer to the eternal question: What is a genius?." - (Crescendo January 1989).
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Tom Green: “I went for a couple of [trombone] lessons with Mark Bassey, who’s absolutely inspirational. I then auditioned for the Royal Academy’s Jazz Master’s course and got in.” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Sunday March 1

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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IAN HARRINGTON (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly Today's the day!
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, Back March 8.
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TBA - Forum, Darlington. £4/£2. 6pm.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Back March 22.
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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Evening.
TIPPING POINT - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Great to have Splinter back in action with exciting contemporary ensemble.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back on March 22.
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Friday

Picked up Eric at Washington then off we went down the A19 heading for the Yorkshire coast.
Eric, a veteran of many Appleby's had yet to experience Scarborough. The journey flew by as we listened to Freddy Hubbard just to sort of get us in a jazzy mood as if we needed anything!
We missed out on the John Turville Trio but caught "If Destroyed Still True". A young band of flawless technicians playing in the current vogue of funkiness. In particular pianist Jonny Tomlinson shone with an almost classical approach to his solos. A good start to the festival.
Ryan Quigley. We'd heard him a couple of months back at Corner House so knew he would be good and we weren't disappointed. There were two surprizes - Not a quartet as advertised but a sextet with the Pauls, Booth and Towndrow, on tenor and alto and a big plus - Brian Kellock on piano. If the weekend doesn't get any better than this I'll go home happy even though these first gigs were free courtesy of Jazz Services.
Quig's is simply the finest trumpet player I have heard for many a generation. His "Embraceable You" - acc. only by Kellock was trememendous. He plays with a fullness of tone throughout the registers and I speak very much in the plural - he soars effortlessly among the Gods. The two Pauls were also on fire reaching and passing the heights of mere mortals.
Wow! sums it up.
Opening band at the evening session was Kyle Eastwood Band. More funk with son of Dirty Harry playing some decent bass. If the sound of Ryan Quigley hadn't still been ringing in my ears I'd have been more enthusiastic. Just a little bland but still a very listenable set.
Mike Janisch Quintet played an identical program to last Saturday at Live Theatre even down to the jokes. Needless to say what I said then applies now and they were superb with Paul Booth yet again on form. Paul, with more appearances to come, may yet be the star of the weekend.
Dave O'Higgins 7 + Jazzcotech Dancers. A groove based set with perhaps the best ensemble sound so far. They were supplemented by three dancers who were excellent although, performing at the side of the stage, it needed the big screens to properly appreciate them.
An outstanding first day and more to come. Pictures .
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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