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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Tuesday February 20

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

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

Monday, September 09, 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival: Sting @ Auditorium Stravinsky July 16.

(Review by Ron Ainsborough - the first of a series of belated reviews of a festival that is probably only 40% jazz these days).
I know this concert is not Jazz but we do have a link with Jazz, in that Lance, when I saw him a while back asked me to give his regards to Sting (a former Newcastle Big Band bass player). Well unfortunately, Lance, he was a little bit busy singing that night and I missed having a word with him. drat!
Back to the review.
Sting’s drummer was non other than Vinnie Colaiuta  (LA based I believe!) I first came across him on the Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott's DVD, he is a fantastic powerhouse drummer and I think called upon by a number of top musicians. A Bonus before we started.
Sting sang every top seller he ever recorded with the most polished and professional performance you are ever likely to see. He obviously had a great band of musicians around him including the aforementioned drummer. So engrossed with his music, like many jazz performers, he does not talk to his audience very much at all, but instead lets the superb music do the talking. The set lasted for 2.5 hours including FOUR encores which really says it all. A non jazz night to remember big time! Actually he did play one instrumental number which was pure jazz featuring solos by every band member which was great like the rest of his wonderful performance.
As this concert was standing room only for about 3.50 hours a lot of people (including my wife and myself) in the 'Stravinsky Hall' used the 45minute opening set by Sadie and the Hotheads to sit and rest on the floor before the main event.
Sadie and the Hotheads is a band lead by the actress Elizabeth McGoverns playing nice music for those that like that kind of thing.

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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