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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields - February 24.

(Review by Lance).
It had been some time since I last heard the CHBB during which time there’d been some changes made. Whether these were permanent or on the night deps I know not. In the sax section, Alan Marshall moved from tenor to lead alto. Former member Kim Skerritt, nee Webb, returned on second alto with another returnee, Jim McBriarty, blowing jazz tenor. The 'bones were unchanged with Kurgi-Smith handling the jazz but the trumpet section was less familiar. Bill Watson took a break from organising next weekend's Big Band Festival at Chester-le-Street to blow most of the 'hot choruses' with Riley-Gledhill chipping in with some mellow flugel.
On piano, former Early Birder Ben Lawrence made his debut with the band and the boy did good. Alan Smith was sound on bass guitar, Bradley, a mere sensation on guitar and the whole outfit driven by Barry Black and led from the front by MD Morgan who also plumbed subterranean depths on bass trombone. As always, Ruth Lambert handled the vocals in her inimitable manner. However, Ruth's contribution will be reported in a separate post by Ann Alex.
So, what did they play? The setlist below gives an idea of the diversity of the program but not the excitement generated! You'll have to take my word on that one or else catch them at Spennymoor on April 13. It will be worth the trip. If your passport is out of date then you can hear the band again next year at the Customs House on April 12, 2019.
First set: Flight of Fancy; The Count Steps Out; Round Robin; Nice Work if You Can Get It; The Man I Love; Blue Bossa; Stompin' at the Savoy; Summertime; Almost Like Being in Love; Why Musicians Can't Dance; Steppin' Out.
Second Set: In the Mood; That Warm Feeling; Basically Blues; Love is Here to Stay; Makin' Whoopee; A Few Good Men; Cute; At Last; Someone to Watch Over Me; Hallelujah I Love Her So; Blues in the Closet.
Encore: Alright, Okay, You Win.
Vocals in red.
PS: I haven't mentioned Nelson, Kaberry, Temple, Catherall, Brocklesby and Fletcher as they didn't solo. However, their section work, along with that of Kim Skerritt, was exemplary and without them, the ship would have sunk. 
Chapeaux les tout ensemble.
Bob Temple, Paul Riley-Gledhill, Alan Catherall, Bill Watson (trumpets); Dave Brocklesby, Chris Kurgi-Smith, Michael Fletcher, (trombones); Peter Morgan (bass trombone/MD); Alan Marshall (alto/soprano); Kim Skerritt (alto); Jim McBriarty, Gillian Nelson (tenor); Chris Kaberry (baritone); Ben Lawrence (piano); Alan Smith (bass guitar); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Barry Black (drums); Ruth Lambert (vocals).

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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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