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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CD Review: Small Town - Bill Frisell (guitar) and Thomas Morgan (bass).

(Review by Steve T)
When reviewing an ECM album one inevitably finds oneself reviewing the label as well as the artist and the album. Occasionally I find I can't review them at all, because any link with Jazz is distinctly tenuous and I really can't recommend it to anybody, and so it was with the last two. It's based on the assumption that ECM completists have their own sources and don't need to rely on me for info about releases.
Any album by Bill Frisell is potentially of interest to the Jazz listener and guitarists in particular, but I can't get excited by an album with just guitar and bass. A drummer, or better still a Hammond, may have added some ba!!$; maybe.

Even Peter Green’s Albatross had some light percussion and this is like listening to an album-length version of that, but without the memorable tune, or at least one the media have bombarded us with over many years until you know it backward.
At last on the final track it delivers an Albatross in the shape of Goldfinger, for me the most over-rated of the early theme songs (and Connery films); I always preferred Diamonds are Forever which is almost a decent song in its own right.
It's live, out now and perfectly pleasant. Just don't expect it to hold a mirror to society or tear down the 'greedy square system'.

Steve T.

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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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