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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.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Newcastle Big Band Memorabilia

The trips the Newcastle Big Band made to San Sebastian are the stuff of north east legend and I was fortunate to be a very small part of that legend. Dave Brown (sax/clt) who was heavily involved in setting up the gigs has uncovered some more photos which can be seen here. There are also shots of the band within a band the Tyne River Jazzmen. For those curious, this was in the pre-Sting days!
As a footnote, a few weeks back I was in one of the supermarkets and couldn't believe my eyes when I came across a tee shirt with "San Sebastian" emblazoned across the chest. I had to have it even though I still have the faded original jazz festival one. In the above photo I'm the zonked out sax player on the left of the picture. Charlie Carmichael is the soloist and Dave Brown at the far right of the saxes..


Patti (on F/b) said...

Coool - as they say, Lance!

Simon Spillett said...

It's a small world: when I was a (very) young child my Dad had his own big band, in which the tenor soloist was none other than Dave Brown. When the band disbanded in the late 1970's and Dave moved down to Surrey he kept in touch with my parents via Christmas cards and the like and was delighted to know that the teenaged son of his old bandleader had taken up the saxophone - me!

Fast forward to 2000 and I was in a big band that did a handful of gigs at Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham and elsewhere and who was next to me on tenor? You've guessed it! Dave. The band was co-run by Phil Doggett.

On a more personal note, Dave was a great help with my sound: he was the one who told me to try a more "open" Link mouthpiece back in 2002: I did and it transformed things for me! I'll see if I can dig out a photo of Dave with my Dad's band.

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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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