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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.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

GIJF Day One: The Concourse and Other Matters

(Review by Ann Alex/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The Jazz Festival began with me committing a criminal act. I chose a lovely chocolate chip muffin from the cafe, was distracted by meeting Russell, and promptly walked away without paying!  So many friends to meet, six in the first ten minutes, and all to the accompaniment of the New York brass band, which included what looked like an impertinent tuba. Not sure if I was entitled to the glass of wine I had at the press reception, so during the first half of Stan Tracy’s Under Milk Wood, I had half an ear listening for police sirens.  The Under Milk Wood music and readings in the second half were totally absorbing and entrancing – see Russell’s review.
James Birkett and Bradley Johnson
Guitar duo on the Concourse 10.15pm (part 1)
This began in the lively skilled manner that we’ve come to expect, with Blues For BJ.  Don’t know what Bradley has the blues about but it surely can’t be his guitar playing which is so, so good!  These two are so interesting to watch, working out who is playing which part, leading, call and response, trilling up and down scales, bass parts, and so on.  Next came Jobin’s Wave, beautifully played as people passing waved to the players, not sure how Jim and Bradley were supposed to wave back!  The 1920’s influence came on with Stringin The Blues, followed by a lovely slow ballad Farmer’s Trust.
The session was effectively rounded off with Jim’s composition, Suite No. 4, which was the sort of tune I love, moving along fast rather like a rapid walk along the street, building to a full lively climax.
Russell was able to stay till 11.15pm for Part 2 – over to him.
Ann Alex.

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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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