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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Family Jazz All Stars with Zoë Gilby @ Sage Gateshead - April 2

Zoë Gilby (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (double bass) & Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Are you sitting comfortably? 11:00am Sunday morning, the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead. A fun and educational concert for the younger jazz fan…one such, Libby, age 6, and another youngster, age 6½ (keen to emphasise the ½), were but two prize winners during an hour of fun and games with Zoë Gilby’s ‘Family Jazz All Stars’. Well behaved grown-ups were welcome to attend if accompanied by a younger jazz fan. Early Sunday perhaps, nevertheless there was a sizeable turn out to hear Zoë Gilby sing songs and conduct a quiz. This Sunday morning jazz fans won prizes!

The ‘Family Jazz All Stars’ are known to all as Gilby, Mark Williams, Andy Champion and Richard Brown. Devised as a concert for the younger listener, the show received favourable reviews when staged at last year’s London Jazz Festival. Now, the north east-based quartet presented the show on home ground at Sage Gateshead. Gilby engaged with the young listener, asking a question, to which a correct answer would be sought at the end of a song. Pointing to one of Richard Brown’s cymbals, Gilby wondered if anyone knew what it was. The young jazz fans in the audience knew the answer. At the conclusion of the song a forest of hands shot into the air. A young jazz fan said: Cymbal! Well done! The older jazz fans didn’t have a clue, so, the youngsters scooped every prize going.
The songs Gilby sang included In It Together, the scary Red Right Hand (a prize offered, and won, for the scariest dance!) and Is It Me?  The Family Jazz All Stars is an entertaining package offering something for everyone – visit: www.zoegilby.co.uk

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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