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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 29, 2015

Strictly Rehearsing @ The Millstone. May 28

(Review by Russell)
Big band, big crowd, standing room only. Hearty Millstone pub meals, pints of beer, wine by the bottle. Last Thursday in the month, your appointment with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s open public rehearsal. One or two deps in, quality deps at that.
A Foggy Day (arr. Stan Kenton) to start and baritone super dep Sue Ferris wasted no time, standing up, soloing, saying (musically): That’s my standard. Match that boys! Tenor man Paul Gowland worked with the rhythm section (sections out) on I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love with Me (arr. Tom Kubis) – a half-decent reply to Ms Ferris’ opening gambit. Golden Girl Lindsay Hannon suggested it was Too Darn Hot. Yep. Stifling. F’reez (cool name, but it was darn hot) Let the Good Times Roll (the trumpet section firing, guitarist Pawel Jedrzejewski with a bluesy edge).
An interval chat with Francophile Ken Orton (on a short visit to Tyneside). Pete Tanton confirmed some original tunes will be in the set list for his upcoming Jazz Coop set with Messrs Williams, Pope and Morgan at the Globe. Minutes later the Strictly Smokin’ boys and girls – Sue Ferris of course, and good to see Nicola Weaver on alto – were ready to go again.
This month’s session had a distinct rehearsal feel to it. MD Michael Lamb stepped out of the trumpet section more than usual, directing the band, stopping it, reworking bits and pieces (abandoning one chart altogether). Good! This is what one expects of a rehearsal night. The Millstone regulars have, perhaps, become too accustomed to the band’s near-flawless performances. This was the band being put through its paces. The Golden Girl righted matters when she declared I’m Beginning to See the Light. The instrumental high involved Gowland, Keith Robinson and Jamie Toms in a three way tenor exchange. Sax Alley is a crowd pleaser and, rehearsal night or not, it went down a storm.
The band’s next (flawless!) gig will be at the YMCA in Ashington on Saturday 6 June (an Ashington Jazz Festival event) and a Hoochie Coochie special is on the horizon – Sunday 21 June.                             
Michael Lamb MD (trumpet), Pete Tanton (trumpet), Gordon Marshall (trumpet), Stephen Wilkinson (trumpet), Kieran Parnaby (trombone), David Barnes (trombone), Robert Perry (trombone), John Flood (trombone), Nicola Weaver (alto saxophone), Keith Robinson (alto & tenor saxophones, flute), Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), Sue Ferris (baritone saxophone), Graham Don (keyboards), Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar), Michael Whent (bass), Guy Swinton (drums), Lindsay Hannon (vocals) & F’reez (vocals)

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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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