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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 Wednesday March 21


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. 2:00pm. £7.50.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lindsay Hannon Plus at Hexham Jazz Club March 21, 2013.

It was a dark, cold, evening in Hexham, when Lindsay Hannon, John Pope (bass), Mark Robertson (drums) and new addition to the Plus’s, James Harrison (keyboards), arrived. 
With the first few notes of Love Me or Leave Me, the audience was engaged; basking in a state of relaxed delight which was held all evening. Lindsay’s sets were beautifully balanced, varied and full of gems - presenting all the facets of her voice from lyrical to gutsy, but always expressive. 
James and John’s solos were inventive, intriguing and thoroughly musical and Mark’s drums matched each nuance and set the musical moods.
The audience particularly enjoyed the feelings of space in Old Fashioned Hat; the power and passion in Lindsay’s working of a Joshua Redman tune; and the sparkling rendition of Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes. We are delighted and privileged to enjoy a band of such exceptional quality on a wintry Thursday in Hexham.
Hazel Hanley.

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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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