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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 Thursday March 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Young Musical Prodigy Announces UK Tour.

Young musical prodigy Alex Hitchcock and his quintet embark on a UK tour from 10th April to 18th May in support of their forthcoming EP (please see press release below).
Alex Hitchcock is a saxophonist making huge waves in the jazz scene and is recognised to be one of the best up and coming players in the UK today.  
Press Release.
Spring 2018 marks the release of Live At The London And Cambridge Jazz Festivals, the outstanding new body of work from emerging luminaries of instrumental jazz the Alex Hitchcock Quintet. Led by an exciting young tenor saxophonist swiftly gaining a reputation as a skilful and unique player, Hitchcock and his band are five of London’s most sought-after players, now establishing themselves as leading figures in their own right through gripping collaborative music.
As experienced players in the bands of jazz stars as diverse as Jasper Hoiby, Chris Potter and Elliot Galvin, Hitchcock and his quintet have been secret weapon sidemen to those in the know for some time - the privilege of being the ‘go to’ musicians for more familiar talent allowing each member of the quintet to hone their skills on the live circuit, simultaneously developing an acute intuition for contemporary improvisation and original, absorbing composition.

Joined by James Copus on trumpet and flugelhorn, Will Barry (winner of The Musician’s Company’s 2017 jazz musician of the year award) on piano, Joe Downard on bass and Jay Davis on drums, Hitchcock and his quintet have drawn inspiration from artists as distinctive as Kneebody, to Ambrose Akinmusire to Django Bates. Fusing such a mixture of influences together and incorporating an inimitable interpretation of each, the Alex Hitchcock Quintet have created a forward-thinking and highly accomplished selection of music. The result of their collective endeavours is Live At The London And Cambridge Jazz Festivals, a fresh and vibrant take on modern jazz, delivered with confidence and flair.

Having made a strong impact at both Love Supreme Festival and The London Jazz Festival, as well as successful performances The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Rooms, Jazz In The Round and Pizza Express Jazz Club, not to mention an adventurous foray into Europe with media supported tours of Hungary and Poland, Alex Hitchcock’s Quintet are taking their live show to a selection of some of their favourite venues around the UK. These concerts will be a chance to witness the full impact of the new EP in a range of intimate environments, at a time when the quintet are still very much on the rise.

2018 is set to be a big year for the Alex Hitchcock Quintet, a band just as comfortable on an intimate club stage as at some of jazz’s biggest events. With a full album in the pipeline and likely appearances at a range of summer festivals, the new EP and tour is an opportunity for enthusiasts, experts and discerning music fans to get ahead of the game and get to know one of the best new bands on the circuit today.


10th April     Jazz @ The Spotted Dog  BIRMINGHAM 
11th April     Stratford Jazz STRATFORD UPON AVON
 12th April     Jazz @ Future Inns BRISTOL
 22nd April     Ashburton Live ASHBURTON
 23rd April     The Beaver Inn APPLEDORE
 24th April     St Ives Jazz Club ST IVES
 4th  May       The Basement Jazz Club YORK
 6th  May       Colchester Arts Centre COLCHESTER
 11th May      The Verdict  BRIGHTON
 12th May      The Hive  SHREWSBURY
 14th May      Pizza Express Jazz Club  LONDON
 16th May      The Jazz Bar EDINBURGH
 17th May     The Jazz Café   NEWCASTLE
 18th May      Sheffield Jazz SHEFFIELD


·      'If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’

·      ‘A fantastic young talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’
 – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

·      ‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’ – Gareth Lockrane

·      ‘Sax virtuoso... one to watch’ – Jazzwise

·      '...effectively mixed a traditional tenor-ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack' – John Fordham, The Guardian

·      'Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits’ – Bebop Spoken Here.

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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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