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Dave Douglas, trumpeter & podcaster: “The first suggestion was, “Can you get Kenny G on the show?” And I thought, that would be great. I don’t think Mr. G would do it, but boy, I would welcome that opportunity.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Before we criticise the milestone for walking we should compare it with the milestones that stand still" - (Daily Telegraph March 9, 1968).

Today Wednesday November 25

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Alice Grace w. Pete Gilligan Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - |The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Christmas with the Rat Pack - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £29.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Friday February 5th: John Hallam with the Roly Veitch Quartet

This month’s concert promises a treat for fans of melodic, straight-ahead swinging mainstream jazz. Lancastrian reedman John Hallam spent twenty-one years playing traditional jazz with Sheila Collier’s Smoky City Jazzband before turning professional in 1989 so that he could play a wider range of the music he loves. While still an outstanding performer in a traditional setting, John is equally at home in a slightly more modern context, playing alto, tenor and baritone with his own Jazztet; as a clue to his style, he quotes Lester Young, Stan Getz and Ben Webster among his tenor influences and Gerry Mulligan as his favourite on baritone.
John also has a delightfully dry sense of humour.
At the Exchange, he will be backed by the excellent Roly Veitch quartet, with Jeremy McMurray on piano, Andy Champion on bass and John Hirst on drums alongside Roly on guitar.
Mike Durham.
PS: After the disaappointment of having to cancel the January concert due to the weather, I hope we will see a big collection of happy faces for this one, which promises to be an excellent evening of high-quality music: and don't forget, if you've been unable to get through on the Council's booking line (0191 643 7093) - a source of frustration to me as well as to many of you, but about which it seems I can do nothing - you can always pay on the door!
PPS: AND another thing..... tickets for the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival are selling fast (over 60% sold already) so you might want to think about buying yours in advance: see which also has full details of the 28 bands playing over the weekend, etc., etc.

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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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