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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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moss Project: Short Stories @ Lit & Phil. October 29

Moss Freed (guitar), Alice Zawadzki (violin & vocals), Ruth Goller (electric bass), Marek Dorcik (drums) & James Miller (readings)
The Literary and Philosophical Society seemed the perfect place to stage the event. An event combining literature and music couldn't fail to draw a large audience. It didn't quite work out like that. Did the project deter the non-jazz loving literary type? Was the jazzer dissuaded by the promise of ‘readings’? Perhaps the occasion didn't quite connect with either persuasion; not enough jazz, not enough literature. 
Guitarist Moss Freed took as his inspiration the work of six writers to produce compositions for his quartet. One of the writers - James Miller – joined the musicians in the library’s Loftus Room to read passages from each of the writers including his own work. Freed’s guitar and Alice Zawadzki’s violin and voice worked in unison as Ruth Goller’s subtle bass lines peppered percussionist Marek Dorcik’s featherweight brush work. Chamber jazz, folk melodies and Zawadzki’s resonant violin responded to Miller’s measured readings. A CD – What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? -  is to be released in early 2013 on the Babel label. For the record the featured writers are Naomi Alderman, Hanan al Shaykh, Joe Dunthorne, Colum McCann, James MillerLawrence and James Miller.
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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