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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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blaydon Jazz Club goes Lickety Split!

(Preview by Russell/photo from archive)
Easter Sunday at the Black Bull, Blaydon marks Lickety Split’s debut gig at Blaydon Jazz Club. The West Coast to bop outfit never fails to deliver a great show. Led by trombonist Eddie Bellis, Lickety Split play a choice selection of West Coast cool to bop-tinged charts. The affable Bellis leads some of the north east’s finest; Paul Gowland occupies the tenor chair, Alan Marshall, alto. Kevin Eland, based down in the Tees Delta, blows Maynard Ferguson-style trumpet when the fancy takes him, and fellow Teessider, pianist Jeremy McMurray, plays all eighty eight keys every which way, doing so with consummate ease.
The young man in the band is none other than Blaydon Jazz Club veteran Bradley Johnston. Brad, under age at the time, shared the stage with mentor Dr James Birkett on several occasions. These were revelatory times…Brad’s abilities astounded the Blaydon audience, and now, as a First Class Honours graduate, the unassuming Wearsider plays guitar with Dr Birkett, in a recently established duo with vocalist Lindsay Hannon, leads his own trio, and fulfills numerous other engagements on the jazz scene, not least the prestigious solo jazz guitar spot at the Cherry Tree in Jesmond.
Lickety Split’s bass and drums – Alan Rudd and Paul Wight – have been around the block a couple of times. Rudd is a prominent figure on the New Orleans/Dixieland scene, this West Coast gig is an ideal opportunity to hear him, equally at home, in a Modernist context. Paul Wight works across the spectrum (jazz and beyond) and holds the coveted drum chair in piano maestro Alan Glen’s superb trio.
It’s a long holiday weekend. The Black Bull (a CAMRA-listed pub) Sunday April 16, an eight o’clock start, an absolute bargain fiver admission at the door…that’s your Sunday evening sorted!  

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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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