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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 Wednesday March 21


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

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CD Review: Jan Harbeck's Live Jive Jungle - Elevate

Jan Harbeck (tenor); Thor Madsen (guitar); Jeppe Skovbakke (bass); Peter Leth (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The aim, the blurb says, is to get the jazz audience (back) on the dance floor with these charming, riff-based compositions, beats and grooves. Given the right exposure, Live Jive Jungle can't fail.
Given the right exposure - that's the rub...
In Newcastle, I guess, it would be Hoochie Coochie or, maybe, downstairs at The Globe. Few other local venues offer jazz dancing space for visiting bands (somebody correct me if I'm wrong!).
So, perhaps, the best option is to roll back the carpet, crank up the Vitrola, invite your hippest (I use the word advisedly) neighbours around to shake it about - checking on your building insurance first - and enjoy this slice of Danish.
The compositions are all by Harbeck who also blows gutsy tenor. Madsen pedals his way through some funky solos, Skovbakke holds it all together whilst Leth solos like a 21st century Krupa.
I'm going to be playing this a lot more often than some of the better-known offerings that cross my path.
Harbeck is an es (Danish for ace - tks Google) tenor player and the other guys are also es men.
This is just so lovely. It's dance music but it's not rock & roll, and nor is it schmaltzy 1930's Palais slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. It's a combination of all these elements but presented for the contemporary scene of today.
However, in case you think it's unromantic - just listen to Throughshine. This is a ballad performance that must surely be comparable to the one where a Danish jazz critic compared Harbeck's soul to that of Ben Webster. 
If Throughshine is playing and you've made contact - cancel the taxi!
Release date July 28.
Label: Stunt
Distributer: Discovery.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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