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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Splash the Jazz Cash this New Year’s Eve

(Report by Russell)
Got money to burn? See out the old, give yourself a New Years’ Eve jazz treat at an up-market gig near you! Jazz? Well…expect party-time function material and you won’t be too disappointed. From the Cherry Tree to the Vermont, to swanky countryside hotels, a top-class evening is yours for the princely sum of…   
If money is no object you could head to the Duke of Northumberland’s humble abode up the A1. At Alnwick Castle you’ll find the Paul Skerritt Band entertaining the revellers at a bargain £69.50. a head. Over at Matfen Hall Hotel, near Stamfordham, Zoë Gilby’s trio will entertain the diners. Check with the hotel for further details. The Hartlepool big band Musicians Unlimited will be part of the package at Hardwick Hall. For the little matter of £125.00 you’re sure to have the time of your life in Sedgefield, County Durham.
Newcastle offers something for everyone. Two of the better options are likely to be at the Cherry Tree Restaurant in Jesmond and the Vermont Hotel perched high above the Tyne. The Jesmond eaterie, a year-round supporter of jazz, presents Teesside’s Caroline Bagley with the Pete Gilligan Party Band – yours for £85.00. The Vermont Hotel, another venue committed to presenting a regular jazz programme, has booked the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band to see in the new, and you can be there (fireworks at midnight) for a mere £79.00.
It is advisable to contact the establishment of your choice in advance for further details of the evening’s entertainment.  
Russell.          

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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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