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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Preview

Friday 5 April. Hoochie Coochie. 11:00 pm.
Late Night Jazz, Funk and Soul featuring Soweto Kinch.
(Preview by Russell)
The 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival marks something of a departure for the late night jam session. For the first time it is being held across the Tyne in Newcastle. So, concert goers at the Sage will need to make their way over to Hoochie Coochie on Pilgrim Street. Walk over the Tyne Bridge, keep on going and you will pass the front door - STOP! Go in, pay on the door and enjoy the vibe. Warren, the proprietor of this stylish venue, is sure to give you a warm welcome. He loves his music (he is a Soul Man) and knows good jazz when he hears it. He has given unstinting support to the local jazz scene and it is good to see Hoochie Coochie associated with the big jazz bash at the Sage. The opening night features Soweto Kinch. It is likely that some free-style rapping will be going down, Kinch’s alto is sure to be at hand, DJs will be doing their thing and you can order a cocktail or open a bottle of London Pride, sit back and relax or get up and dance. Hey! This is Hoochie Coochie!        

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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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