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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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Preview: Denys Baptiste's Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring! @ Sage Gateshead Oct. 5, 2013

(Press Release)
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther Kings’ historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech will be performed by top UK saxophonist Denys Baptiste at Sage Gateshead this October.
It is a prequel to his original suite ‘Let Freedom Ring’ which was nominated for a MOBO award for Best Jazz Act in 2004, the BBC Jazz Awards for Best New Work and Best Album, and the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Album 2004, sealing his position as one of the top saxophonists in Europe.
‘Let Freedom Ring’, which was commissioned for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, combined contemporary jazz with rousing gospel, blues and Afro-Cuban music, the poetry of Ben Okri, and featured an explosive international line-up including Omar Puente, Abram Wilson and Gary Crosby.
Baptiste said: “As an artist and composer, I am humbly honoured to see that Let Freedom Ring! has endured, and I'm of course delighted to have an opportunity to reprise this work.
“When I created the original commission I focused Let Freedom Ring! around the most memorable, second half of Dr King's speech
“With the help of my wonderful 14-piece band, poetry, and soulful voices of community choirs, I aim to shine a light on the first half of the speech where Dr King sets the scene for the second part speaking of the evil of slavery, The Emancipation Proclamation, the importance of peaceful and dignified protest and, ultimately, his vision for the future.”
Baptiste has won a raft of other prizes. In 1999 he won the MOBO award for Best Jazz Act and his debut album 'Be Where You Are', won the Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year. He also won the British Jazz Award for Rising Star 2000 and his second album, 'Alternating Currents', received great critical acclaim.
Denys Baptiste's Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring! comes to Sage Gateshead on October 5, 2013. Tickets are £16.50 (concessions available) and can be booked either by calling 0191 443 4661, online at or in person from Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office.

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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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