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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.

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Northern Line Showcase @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. April 22, 2013

(Review by Russell)
Jazz North, the new jazz development agency for the north of England, announced an open submission scheme designed to highlight the best of the region’s jazz scene. Live Theatre in Newcastle hosted the second of three showcase evenings (ACV represented the north east at the first show in Liverpool) with four bands to hear. The event, open to all, attracted promoters, musicians and a few die-hard fans of the music. Jazz North’s influence (perhaps it was luck!) secured the prestigious venue for the evening.
HSQ+1 opened the programme. A quartet from Manchester, this was a first opportunity for a Tyneside audience to hear Jim Collins (alto & baritone saxophones), Will Lenton (tenor & baritone saxophones), Helen Pillinger (alto & tenor saxophones) and  Helena Summerfield (soprano & baritone saxophones). The quartet (+1, a drummer), differed from the classic jazz horn quartet (World Saxophone Quartet, 29th Street, Saxophonics) in that a prominent folk strand characterised their set.
Space Flight pushed the boundaries prompting the But is it jazz? debate. A quartet of three young musicians - James Mainwaring (tenor), Tom Adams (guitar) and Radek Rudnicki (electronics) - processed their sounds through table-top and pedal board gadgetry. Cavernous sounds echoed around the room as the fourth member of the quartet - Kuba Hader (video projection) - induced nightmarish memories of Tangerine Dream. Cool, or perhaps not.
Third on the bill - Shatner’s Bassoon - had visited Tyneside earlier in the year and made a big impression. Yet another product of the Leeds’ scene, this lot were great fun. Loud, talented, tight as, rehearsed to the nth degree and given to frequent volcanic eruptions, Shatner’s Bassoon filled the air with sulpherous sounds of molten lava. The Hub, Zappa and Zorn skewered their victims with a dead-eye rapier thrust and this six-piece will chase you down should you be brave (foolish?) enough to put your head above the parapet. Shatner’s Bassoon: Ollie Dover (tenor), Johnny Richards (keyboards), Craig Scott (guitar), Mick Bardon (electric bass), Andrew Lisle (drums) & Joost Hendrickx (drums). The final band - Ariya Afrobeat Arkestra - didn’t quite do what the name suggested. Not so much Sun Ra more like Fela Kuti. Incessant rhythms (Paul Baxter, bass, excellent) combined with riffing horns (Si Nixon, impressive trumpet) made for a danceable finale, if you were so inclined. The nonet: Peter Williams (tenor sax & bass clarinet), Leon Johnson (tenor), Martyn Strange (baritone), Si Nixon (trumpet), Taz Modi (keyboards), Neil Innes (guitar), Paul Baxter (electric bass), Joost Hendrickx (drums), Kris Wright (percussion). The Northern Line road show   moves on to a venue in Yorkshire (date and venue to be confirmed).   

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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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