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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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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.
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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