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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 Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2013

CD Review: Human – Being Human

Steve Davis – Drums; Alexander Hawkins – Piano; Alex Bonney – Trumpet; Dylan Bates – Violin.
 (Review by Steve H.)
This band could be described as a British Free Jazz supergroup all its members have featured in many contemporary  bands of recent times (eg. Evan Parker, Convergence Quartet, World Sangune Report).
 All but a pair of the numbers are composed by drummer Davis the other two being collaborative efforts by the quartet. The opening tracks Frozen Goat and the title track Being Human are loud free and proud. Track 3 however Little Particles is a mellow contemplative piece  which I actually had to turn the volume up for.  I am a Planet  is another wild barnstormer with great interplay between the band vibrant violin , piano ,drums and trumpet. Cartagena  showcases Hawkins piano together with  Bates staccato violin. The final number,  Vinilla Life, again displays the bands more subtle side. 
As can be expected from these participants this is not easy listening nor is it for the faint hearted but it is a crashing tour de force with occasional bursts of mellowness thrown in. I would love to see this band live but if listening at home I wouldn't recommend it as background music as it really demands one's full attention. 
Steve - Being Steve

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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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