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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.

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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mark Pringle / Tom Syson Duo @ The Jazz Cafe January 26

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Friday nights at the Jazz Cafe have become a bit of thing this year. For the fourth consecutive week, a packed yet wonderfully attentive house enjoyed a great evening. This week differed from previous weeks in that rather than local musicians we were treated to a much acclaimed out of town duo. Award winning pianist Mark Pringle and up and coming star trumpeter Tom Syson had driven from Bedford that day and were indeed travelling straight back after the gig. Hopefully, the guys thought the arduous road trip was as worthwhile as the highly appreciative audience.

The pair conjured up 2 very fine sets of contemporary jazz. Their music very cleverly incorporates original tunes, standards and free improvisation to keep the listener fully engaged at all times.  The technique of both players was absolutely superb and the interplay with each other seemed to be telepathic.
The last 3 pieces of the second set summed up the band perfectly a great free original Windmills oOklahoma followed by a glorious rendition of On the Sunny Side of the Street with marvellous use of the mute by Syson. The final tune, Motion, was by Danish guitarist Jacob Bru. As I Ieft the cafe a fellow audience member said ‘that was beautiful’ I saw no reason to disagree.

Steve H.

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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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