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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Alan Wilkinson & the Bergen Connection @ Central Bar, Gateshead. May 11th

Alan Wilkinson (alto & baritone saxophones), Kim Johannesen (guitar), Ola Hoyer (double bass) & Dag Erik Knedal Anderson (drums)
Jazz North East's latest On the Outside promotion at Gateshead's Central Bar featured a return visit by UK firebrand Alan Wilkinson in the company of  three young Norwegians making a first time visit to the north east - guitarist Kim Johannesen (boasting a beautiful vintage Gibson), bassist Ola Hoyer and drummer/percussionist Dag Erik Knedal Anderson. Wilkinson is a familiar face with a familiar and formidable sound and it remained to be seen what the young pretenders would do. On alto or baritone Wilkinson always makes himself heard and those on the stand with him have it all to do to make their voices heard. Guitar and bass struggled to rise above the din (make that the glorious din). Wilkinson's alto playing was the more effective in that it engaged all four musicians (his baritone work made it a sax/drums workout) and at times the quartet really flew. Johannesen's approach was and is his own - scratching and scraping - with a nod to Joe Morris and a hint of Graeme Stephen. Ola Hoyer was robust throughout and the star performer was undoubtedly drummer Knedal Anderson. ''Busy'' would describe his style with technique to burn. His performance was a masterclass on its own yet he dovetailed seemlessly with Wilkinson's uncompromising style. He is destined to become a household name on the free jazz/improv circuit. The next On the Outside gig is a co-promotion with Splinter @ the Bridge in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel on Sunday 29th May marking the the Tyneside debut of Polish reeds player Mikolaj trio format with bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders.

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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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