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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Wednesday February 21

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Chris Sharkey - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00. (students free). Duo with James Mainwaring.

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, October 12, 2017

Lambton Big Band

(Report by Russell)
Bebop Spoken Here has gained privileged access to the rehearsal night of a new, young big band. Based in the Chester-le-Street area, the band has been meeting on a weekly basis since March of this year. The Lambton Big Band, under the leadership of trumpeter Callum Mellis, is making giant strides ahead of its debut performance later this year.

Several familiar faces sat in the sections as a youthful Mellis put, for the most part, his even younger charges through their paces. Leading from the front, trumpet in hand, Mellis examined three or four pieces in some detail. A ‘section pencil’ was passed around as necessary as members made notes ‘at bar 32’, ‘on the off beat’, and other similar markings. The orchestra’s collective attention and the evident advanced sight-reading abilities of all made a big impression. The Lambton Big Band’s big night isn’t too far off. MD Mellis has booked the Black Swan venue in Newcastle Arts Centre on the second Saturday in December (9th) with advance tickets available at tickets@skiddle.com. The gig is being billed as ‘Lambton Big Band Xmas Debut’ and, unsurprisingly, the pad will feature several  Christmassy tunes! This rehearsal night heard the band running through White Christmas and The Christmas Song with Mellis frequently halting proceedings having heard a misplaced crochet or two! Mellis has clearly established an excellent rapport with his fellow musicians and the enthusiasm of all was sustained throughout the evening. The band’s MD is a former student of Michael Lamb – it showed! Organised, committed, the similarities abounded. A few seasonal tunes are good enough for the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (check out the band’s December bookings) therefore the Lambton Big Band is in good company!

It is early days but the signs are good. There is room on the scene for another big band. Prepare to welcome the Lambton Big Band!      

Russell.

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