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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Things Ain't What They Used to be!

(Review by George W.)
Expecting a traditional presentation, of silly old wise men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh to a hungry baby who only wants a change of hay and some pre sucked rusks, Dorothy and I attended our youngest grandchild's annual Christmas concert.
What's this? No stable or an unfortunate 2nd year boy dressed as a donkey being dragged tearfully across the stage. No, none of that nonsense this year. Instead, we were treated to some wonderful music of various styles played on all manner of instruments by about 40 boys and some young men in their final school years.
The venue was the concert hall of Newcastle School for Boys, It is occasions such as this which answer my oft asked question “from where will our future jazzmen come?” I am not sure about naming names but two outstanding members of this group were pianist Cameron whose solo piece “Rosemary” was full of feeling and personal style. Jazz at its classical best. Well played young man and I look forward to seeing your name appear again on these or similar pages.
Then there was “Cool Corner Ben” featuring a simply wonderful smooth saxophone solo played by Benjamin. Remember that name. He produces astonishing silk-like notes from his instrument such as I have rarely heard. Well played Ben and thank you all for a simply splendid concert. Take a bow Mr Hopkinson – musical director special.
George W.

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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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