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Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Campbell Burnap: "Once the cart-horse of solo instruments it [trombone] is now up with the cheetah." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 3).


Today Wednesday October 26

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Lindsay Hannon Plus - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Plenty New Under the Sun (Ra)

The Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival is now but just over 5 weeks away and, on paper, looks likely to be the best yet. There are so many good things happening that it is nigh impossible to encapsulate them all here so I intend to take an occasional look at some of them individually between now and March 26 which is the opening night.
This is the night when Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra pay tribute to their spiritual inspirations - the Cosmic Jazz of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane.
However, this is more than the sincerest form of flattery it is an original concept in it's own right mingling their sounds with those of dub innovator Coxsone Dodd, exotica pioneer Martin Denny and more.
Expect outré costumes, theatrics and visuals in a mix of ska, reggae, hip-hop, dub-step, rock and outer -spatial sounds - "an unforgetable ride across the galaxies", the brochure tells us, featuring some of the UK's finest jazz musicians. Well, at Gateshead, you wouldn't expect anything less.
To whet your appetite for what's in store click here.
The only downside to this concert is that it clashes with the Stan Tracey Octet in Hall Two of which more later.
Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra Hall One. Friday March 26 7:30 pm. Tickets £19.50 from The Sage Box Office, by phone 0191 4434661, or online at

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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