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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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OXYD "Plugged in Nirvana" Summer UK Tour

(Press release)
Paris-based label and collective Onze 
Heures Onze will bring the band OXYD
to the UK this summer for a 3-date tour.  
The band will present their new repertoire
entitled “Plugged in Nirvana” 
(sounds and information below).
The tour starts in Newcastle 
(The Bridge Hotel), continues in London 
(Downstairs @ The Vortex)  and finishes in Manchester 
(Soup Kitchen) as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival
This last performance is the return leg of the exchange with Efpi artists
(Anton Hunter Trio) made possible thanks to a new international pilot 
programme run by Jazz North to support creative and professional exchange 
between ‘scene builders’.
Tour dates :
- Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - 2 August 2015 (JNE)
- Downstairs @ The Vortex – London - 3 August 2015 
- Soup Kitchen, Manchester Jazz Festival - Manchester - 5 August 2015
(collaboration with EFPI collective)
    OXYD - « Plugged in Nirvana »
LISTEN : Three tracks recorded live during the concert 
at the Ferme du Buisson on 5 June 2015.
Scentless Apprentice
Alexandre Herer - Fender Rhodes; Julien Pontvianne - tenor saxophone; Olivier Laisney – trumpet; Thibault Perriard– drums ; Oliver Degabriele - electric bass  - Pierre Favrez  sound engineer.
OXYD is a five-member band based in Paris, France. Influenced by modern jazz musicians, as Jim Black, Steve Coleman, John Hollenbeck, Marc Ducret and bands like AlasNoAxis, Kneebody, Radiohead or Sonic Youth. The band play their own compositions inspired by Europeean and American jazz music, but with influences of rock, pop, free jazz and contemporary music.
Since its creation in 2006, the band has worked on personal and original material influenced by several styles as jazz, improvised music, contemporary music and rock music. The band released three albums and performed more than 150 concerts across France, Europe, United States and China.
OXYD is currently working on some of its influences, particularly the grunge influence, personified by rock bands like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden,… More than a cover project, this is a real “re-writing” process. Oxyd worked from structures of tunes, sounds experimentations, effects, rock energy of Nirvana’s music and re-infused them in a free way, with their own elements to create a real new personal music.
This work can be seen as a reflection and a focus of the band on its own influences, a research on composition and improvisation and a new approach of the audience.
The project is supported by several cultural organizations in Paris, and by the French Ministry of Culture. 
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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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