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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord @ King’s Hall. Nov 24

Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar), Dave Harris (guitar) & Bruce Rollo (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Rarely can the King’s Hall have seen a crowd like this. All seats taken, it was standing room only at the back of the hall and down either side, some sitting on the floor. They were there to hear Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord. The quartet recently played a debut concert at Blaydon Jazz Club, evidently, word got around, this is one band you’ve just got to hear. 
Nine numbers in fifty minutes, solos receiving rapturous applause, ‘Vivre le Hot Club!’ Violinist Fisk asked the audience if they were fans of Django and Stéphane. A forest of hands shot up. One nil to Hot Club du Nord. Coquette for openers, the bewitching I’m Confessin’ – Fisk magnificent – and Django’s Belleville. Guitarists Dr James Birkett and Dave Harris (Newcastle University’s programme notes according him his Sunday name – David) shared rhythm duties as one or other took off on fabulous solo flights. The man at the back, Mr Bruce Rollo, slap bass exponent par excellence, surveyed the scene, taking it all in his stride.

Fisk dazzled some more on I’ve Found a New Baby (comp. Palmer-Williams) as diffident music students suddenly ‘got it’. Hollers, whistles, they were into it. McHugh and Fields’ Exactly Like You is something of a masterwork in the hands of Cécile McLorin Salvant or Mello Baku, and, as an instrumental, Hot Club du Nord. Minor Swing never fails, despite, as Fisk said, the tune isn’t really a tune, more a series of three arpeggios. No matter, it’s a must in a Hot Club session. To close, before students dashed to their afternoon lectures, a sure fire winner: Lady Be Good. World class musicians on stage in Newcastle upon Tyne. Check out Hot Club du Nord at       

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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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