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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 Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio @ The Sage. Thursday 24 May

Dennis Rollins (trombone & electronics), Ross Stanley (organ) & Pedro Segundo (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Sage Gateshead’s cockpit theatre Hall Two welcomed Dennis Rollins’ latest project featuring in-demand organist Ross Stanley and the much-heralded young drummer Pedro Segundo. Stanley, first to solo (Samba Galactica), met expectations with some smokin’ grooves and a Rollins’ composition – Emergence (Time-Come) – inspired by the revered organist Larry Young set the gig on the right course. 
Stanley and drummer Segundo brew up the proverbial on one tune after another. Rollins’ Caribbean roots became evident in a Bob Marley influenced number - Ujamma - not dissimilar to Jammin’.  

Throughout the evening Rollins touched base with the old school ballad, swing (fierce playing from Stanley), bop, hip-hop, M-Base (The Big Chill) and more. The temperature rose several degrees on an already sweltering evening as the trio tore into an ostensibly odd selection – Pink Floyd’s Money. Whatever the tune – this one was no exception - Ross Stanley delivered the goods and he cashed-in as a crescent moon rose high above the Sage. The eponymous track from Velocity Trio’s CD – The 11th Gate – formed, perhaps, the highlight of two rollicking sets. Gospel Hammond, big trombone and whirlwind percussion brought the house down. Top that? Alright, let’s go out with Eddie Harris’ Freedom Jazz Dance. More first rate playing, three great musicians, one great gig. Come back soon Dennis.

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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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