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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.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Delius, Brice & Sanders @ The Bridge Hotel. Sept. 22

Tobias Delius (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Olie Brice (double bass) & Mark Sanders (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz North East’s On the Outside strand of free jazz and improv gigs began its autumn season with a co-promotion with the Bridge Hotel’s resident jazz promoters Splinter @ the Bridge. Toby Delius was in town making a first appearance in the north east working with regular visitors Olie Brice (bass) and drummer Mark Sanders.
Standing under the stage lights, from a distance Delius bore a resemblance to the late Mel Smith and frantic body movements recalled the late, great Dr Feelgood vocalist Lee Brilleaux. His music, that of the improviser, focused on short, constantly changing phrases. Light of touch, breathing life into his tenor, then, in an instant, a barrage of short, rapid fire lines. The bass and drums pairing responded in a nano second to Delius’ every move. Olie Brice possesses a full, rounded sound and Mark Sanders’ trade mark clattering style (bells, gongs, blocks, the works) flitted in and out, filling the space vacated by the tenor man.
Delius is a singing tenor man – Roland Kirk style (gutteral cries, whistles, the whole body experience). Sweating buckets (three changes of shirt!), Delius gave it his all. The audience reciprocated, ‘giving it up’ for the man. On occasion a sense of swing was there not too far below the surface. It’s a fair bet that Delius could do Louis Jordan. The world of the improviser is indeed a mysterious one, there was much to be had from this performance, Delius is worth hearing again.
Next week – Sunday September 29 – Splinter @ the Bridge presents the Graeme Wilson Quartet. Highly recommended.        

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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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