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Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)


Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).



Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gig of the Year - The story so far....

... Joshua Redman Trio/Guy Barker Orch @ The Sage. (Chris Yates) Sheila Jordan @ The Sage (Evening perf.) (Roly Veitch, Hil Gil & Alan Rudd). Sheila Jordan @ The Sage (afternoon perf.) (Chris Finch & Jim McDowell). Norma Winstone @ The Sage. (Debra Milne). Alan Glen Trio @ The Chilli (local) (Chris Finch & Harley Johnson) Music of Duke Ellington + Billy Strayhorn (featuring Northern Sinfonia, Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra and Tim Garland) (Jim McDowell & Harley Johnson) Julian Arguelles Trio + John Abercrombie @ The Sage. (Harley Johnson). Chicago South Side session with Matthias Seuffert (Germany) and René Hagmann (Switzerland) at Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival. (Mike Durham) Virtuoso Jazz Trio @ Ashington Jazz Club. (John Taylor) Vasilis Xenopoulos @ Blaydon Jazz Club. (local) (Derek Cogger) Vasilis Xenopoulos @ Cherry Tree Restaurant. (Peter). Sonny Rollins @ The Barbican (Derek Cogger & Ron Ainsborough). Laurie Holloway Trio @ Leeds College of Music. (Liz). Ryan Quigley Sextet - Scarborough Jazz Festival. (Lance, Eric Stutt & Mike Gibson) Tomasz Stanko @ The Sage. (Fred Grand). Any Brian Bennett gig (Barry Aitchison). Any Clare Teal gig. (Sue Vickers-Thompson). Duology @ The Bridge. (Russell). Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion @ Blaydon Jazz Club (Hil., Roly) Jon Taylor @ Blaydon Jazz Club. (Eddie Carson). Budvivar @ The Chilli. (Allan). Gilad Azmon @ The Sage. (Toots) Mark Williams Trio @ The Bridge Jazzathon. (Robert Laing). Send us your choice asap. Lance.


  1. Not been to many away gigs this year so I'm torn between "X" last week at Blaydon and Virtuoso Jazz at the Elephant. my vote goes to the Virtuoso Jazz trio at the Elephant.

  2. Hi Lance - the Chicago South Side session with Matthias Seuffert (Germany) and René Hagmann (Switzerland) at Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival last July: "Hotter Than That", as Louis would have said......


  3. Not sure whether choice has to be local, if it is my choice would be Vasilis Xenopoulos at Blaydon Jazz Thursday November 12th; if not then without doubt it would have to be Sonny Rollins at The Barbican Saturday 14th November. It was worth the hassle!

  4. Laurie Holloway Trio. Call it a generation thing but it was a privilege & an honour to experience this man in his 7th decade having, throughout his long career accompanied the glitterazzi of show biz & the very best of artists. His lovely mellifluous tones just don't get any better than this, but also his accompanist bass & drums were quite wonderful, also importantly you never had that cringing feeling that here was a man who was perhaps past his best..he is as good as ever.

  5. Lots of great stuff to choose from this year, but I'd have to go for the most recent - Tomasz Stanko.
    I almost plumped for Eric Boeren's group at The Side in February, but really only because Paul Lovens was so great playing jazz instead of improv!! Stanko had it all and satisfied me on every level. Just got round to writing it up on Afric Pepperbird by the way, but I appreciate your own review and can understand why it may not have appealed.

  6. Barry Aitchison (via Facebook)Saturday, November 21, 2009 8:10:00 am

    All of Brian Bennett's jazz is the best all round.

  7. Sue Vickers-Thompson (via Facebook)Saturday, November 21, 2009 2:35:00 pm

    No, anything of Clare Teal's! We missed the event of the year, which was the live recording of her latest album, because of the snow but the album is great!

  8. 1 Music of Ellington/Strayhorn with the Northern Sinfonia
    and the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra @ The Sage.

    2 Sheila Jordan in the afternoon @ The Sage with Brian Kellog

    (Jim McDowell)

  9. Has to be Ryan Quigley Sextet at Scarborough Jazz Fest.

  10. I would have to vote for the Vasy -Paul Edis trio gig at the Cherry Tree restaurant on Friday 13th November. For me the music, the food, the buzz and the company I kept all contributed to a great gig.

  11. Can't remember the exact date (?sometime in May & can't find it on the net, but Lance will know), but I really enjoyed Norma Winstone at The Sage.

  12. Hi Lance

    So many good gigs this year, so difficult to choose. A long list whittled down to a short list of three. Matana Roberts @ Live Theatre (April), Tony Kofi with Paul Edis Trio @ Highfield Hotel (May) and Duology @ Bridge Hotel (November). The winner is...Duology, not because it is fresh in the memory, just because...


  13. From the band's point of view the gig we did at Ashington Jazz Club with Bob Ludlam was perhaps the pick of the bunch, although we still have a gig to play at Gateshead Fell with John Crocker on 18th December. We did the same gig last year with John Crocker for the Xmas party at the Fell, we had Ray Harley on guesting on trumpet that night, and it was a fabulous night. That was definately our gig of last year.

    As regards other peoples gigs, the only one that comes to mind is a gig we went to earlier in the year at the Sage, The evening session with Sheila Jordan & the Brian Kellock trio, we really enjoyed that one!(Although I'm not sure if will rank alongside Any gig by Brian Bennett! - I find have difficulty in taking the banjo seriously since someone informed me that the accepted definition of Perfect Pitch is the ability to throw a banjo into a skip from 20 yards without it touching the sides! )

  14. Sheila Jordan & Brian Kellock @ The Sage


    (I know some folks will say I am biased)
    Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion duo @ Blaydon Jazz Club took some beating as far as I am concerned.

  15. It has to be Gilad Atzmon's concert at The Sage.

  16. "You guys have no taste. The gig of the year will undoubtedly be
    the Jools Holland concert next week at the City Hall with special
    star guest Brian Bennett on banjo!" Simon.

  17. Sorry Simon but Gig of the Year nominations can't be made in advance of the concert. We don't yet know if Jools can meet Mr Bennett's fee. I did hear that there was talk of raffling a CD and a bottle of plomk in the interval to go towards it.
    Bill Montgomery.

  18. The bottle of plonk IS Mr Bennett's fee.

  19. Lance.
    I would agree with you and pick Ryan Quigley particularly as it was a band that had not previously toured prior to receiving the Jazz Services Promoters' Choice award.
    Best wishes
    Mike Gordon
    Scarborough Jazz Festival Director
    Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Promoter


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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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