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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Paul Skerritt Band @ Ashington Jazz Club - March 8

Paul Skerritt (vocals); James Harrison (keys); Anth Ord (bass); Tom Chapman (drums).
(Review by John T/Photo from archives.)
Last night at the Elephant was unbelievable! 45 folks came out of the woodwork after an 18-month break - mostly due to word of mouth. The newly refurbish room is now very fit for the purpose and manager Kirsty running the bar did a first class job of looking after us all.
The Paul Skerritt band just gets better and better with the leader in great voice. Some numbers finishing at double tempo along with a whole lot of new sounds & settings on James Harrison’s latest keyboard. 

A young chap who I did not know arrived during the first half. He paid to get in. During the second set he got up as a guest artist on trombone. He brought the house down in the final number (I think it was called Obsession.) I gave him his admission money back and something towards his petrol. This young trombonist was the very talented David Gray. I told David that he was stepping into the shoes of our first guest artist - Jim Birkett. Jim was the first guest with the River City Jazzmen when the club started over 30 years ago 
It’s really topped up my jazz batteries and given me huge hope that the new club will be a success. I’m looking forward to getting some new bands to play at Ashington Jazz Club in the near future. Meanwhile, the Maine Street Jazzmen are booked for the 5th April with all the usual suspects on board including Ray Harley on trumpet.

John T.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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