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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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dominic J Marshall Trio @ King’s Hall, Newcastle Uni. Nov 27

Dominic J Marshall (piano), Sam Vicary (electric bass) & Sam Gardner (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Pianist Dominic J Marshall left it late. The King’s Hall audience stood in the corridors as DJM and co. completed a swift soundcheck. The twenty five year old Scot, resident in Amsterdam, makes frequent trips to the UK to link up with the two Sams – Vicary, the bass player and Gardner, the in demand drummer.
This Newcastle performance followed an appearance at the Vortex – from small space to large, the latter an unforgiving barn of a place. DJM at the Steinway grand sounded fine, Vicary’s muffled Fender bass less so. The King’s Hall acoustic doesn’t work too well with amplified instruments, in fact, as one observer commented: It doesn’t work well with any instruments! Marshall is currently into unexplained ancient events and a consequence of this interest is his writing is inspired by such things. No matter, he can write a tune and improvise on it. One or two numbers in today’s programme came out of the EST school of composition; repetitive, non-swinging hooks. Other material had short swing time sections, coming and going, amidst ever-changing time signatures.
A primary school class from the West End of Newcastle has taken up residence on the floor every Thursday lunchtime in King’s Hall. Keen listeners, will some of them take inspiration and strive to be the next generation of music students? The more mature in the hall appeared less responsive to DJM. A generation gap perhaps, but one thing for sure is Messrs Marshall, Vicary and Gardner can play.  

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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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