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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.

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival: Lee Ritenour/Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human @. Montreux Jazz Club July 17.

Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human: Jonathan Batiste (Vocals/Harmonaboard/Piano); Phil Keehn ( Double Bass/Bass Guitar). Joe Sayer ( Drums); Eddie Barbash (Alto);.Ibanda Rhuhumbika (Tuba).
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
An intimate setting for an audience of about 300 seated enthusiasts in a new setting which was a great place to listen to jazz. Although I’d never heard of this band, this was one of the most sensational jazz concerts I have ever been to. The band, started by marching in like a New Orleans marching band from the back of the Club up to the stage and then it was 'lift off'. 
The musicianship of all was superlative, the repertoire covered  most jazz styles, the stage presence of Jonathan Batiste was faultless, but above everything else Entertainment was very much at the forefront. The only way to find out what I am trying to say, is to go on to YouTube and put the name Jonathan Batiste and Montreux jazz 2013 and you will get a flavour of these musicians that I had the pleasure to see and listen to for a full two hours.
I commented that it was a cruel move to have a band following them, but the following set whilst a very different style of jazz was also quite brilliant . It was by non less than the great Lee Ritenour!
Lee Ritenour (Guitar);  Dave Grusin (Piano); Tom Kennedy ( Bass); Christopher Coleman (Drums.)
This was a top class jazz guitar concert, probably falling into the contemporary modern jazz idiom, which I love and well within my comfort zone. I was more than pleased to get the opportunity to see an iconic guitarist like Lee Ritenour who is obviously at the top of his game. A touch of humour during the concert came when Lee said 'it was  a great honour to play 'LIVE'  with Dave Grusin'.
Then Dave Grusin came on introducing his solo spot, commented about how lucky the audience were to catch him 'live' implying that his mortality was being questioned. Magic!
Also, just to show how easy a musicians life is, Lee stated that 24 hours before this concert his drummer was playing with Stevie Wonder in the USA. It did not affect his performance I might add. The concert was on for a delightful 1.50 hours
ending a fantastic night of jazz, the only down side was that we only learned of the free jam sessions that started at 12.45am in the same jazz club (every night!) that night ,which as it turned out was too late for us. I believe All the top stars return to this venue for the jam sessions. I will definitely catch it next year though!
Ron Ainsborough.

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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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