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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Today Saturday December 16

Afternoon

?????

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band -Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. Second night of two.

An Evening of Swing & Sparkle - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:00pm. Tel: 0191 515 5555 (booking essential). £35.00. Rat Pack act, four course meal.

No Time for Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. Tel: 01434 605537. 9:00pm. Free.

Lyndon Anderson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Snow Ball - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £19.00. Strictly Speakeasy (swing band) & Lindy jazz dance.

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

Monday, December 30, 2013

Night Owl Blues

I note that Jazz Café gigs start at 10pm (apart from the 'all day jazz extravaganza') and Pink Lane Jazz Co-op gigs start at 9.30pm. That's generally off-puttingly late for me. Audience numbers could be affected if, as is possible, a significant number of others feel similarly.
I recall the late Chris Yates making a point of starting the JNE gigs he promoted at 8pm, not least for the benefit of audience-members catching public transport home (like the 27 bus). Perhaps it would be worth the Jazz Café and the PLJC considering starting gigs at 8pm – like Splinter @ the Bridge – or, latest, 8.30pm.
Mike Jamieson.

8 comments :

barry said...

Couldn't agree more.

Jen E said...

I feel the same. No way would I come out for a 9.30/10 pm start!

Dave Parker (on F/b) said...

I agree with you Lance Liddle. I can't speak for the Jazz Cafe but in the case of Salsa Cafe and Tapas Bar the owners want the jazz to start after the main dinner rush. On the occasions that Pink Lane Jazz Coop has had total control over the programming the gigs have started at 7.30 or 8pm.

Lance said...

Although this post was actually by Mike Jamieson I do agree with him whilst at the same time appreciating Dave's position re the venues. Back in Keith's time the Jazz Café was always a late night venue so I suppose the present administration want to keep it that way.

Kath Jobes (on F/b) said...

In Keith's words... "Jazz happens between 1 pm and 4 am!"

Ann Alex said...

I too would love the coop gigs to start at 8 or 8.30pm as I have to get home to South Shields. I wonder if the Salsa venue could be persuaded to start earlier, even if the meals were still going on.

Lance said...

Problem there Ann is that musicians bringing in drum kits etc whilst waiters are carrying heaped plates in a contra-flow direction could lead to a contretemps!

Pete Gilligan (on F/b) said...

Aye put all the gigs on early so you can be back in bed before you turn into pumpkins. Traditionally not a major concern of jazz musicians and fans. Some people want to be able to do something other than clubbing after their shifts, gigs or just want to go to a venue and leave late. If we support the gigs and they are successful we will then be in a position to lobby for early and late sets at venues like the cafe. Thus pleasing everyone and generating more work and music.

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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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