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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Arthur Jeffes - Sundog. The Sage, Gateshead.

Arthur Jeffes (Dulcetone/piano); Oli Langford (vln).
One of those musical vignettes that The Sage throw at us from time to time. They creep up and take you totally by surprise.
This wasn't a jazz gig yet there was enough to appeal to jazz people in a fringy sort of way.
The blurb described Jeffes' playing as "minimalist" and we had minimalism in abundance!
He introduced the pieces with an explanation of the title and various intricacies about the piece i.e. time signatures etc. As well as piano he also played the Dulcetone which he described as a Victorian version of the Fender Rhodes - and he was right inasmuch as it did sound not unalike a Rhodes in places.
On violin, Oli Langford read his parts but I longed for him to break out and maybe Jeffes also. But, to me, the whole thing was just a little too repetitive and although I may sound negative I did actually find it interesting and the well attended Hall Two enjoyed it so maybe I came looking for the wrong things in the wrong place.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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