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Bebop Spoken There

Clark Terry: "The only difference between a groove and a grave is the dimensions." - (Down Beat June 1, 1966).

Cindy Blackman Santana: “He [Jack Bruce] doesn’t believe in pedals. He plugs the bass in; he’s like, ‘I play bass, I don’t play pedals.’(Jazz Journal August 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Saturday August 2

Afternoon
RACHEL's DREAM - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly, Now's the time.
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Evening
TBA (Solo jazz), Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 0191 2399924.
Class food class solo jazz.
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GILBY & WILLIAMS - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. FREE!
Duo set by Zoe & Mark - The earth may move!.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Farringdon Rd., Cullercoats NE30 3ER. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly Tonight's the night!
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KENNY THE SAX & SUE - Trimmers Arms, Commercial Rd., South Shields. 9pm free. 0191 4545550.
Wild sax man, sexy singer - or is it the other way round?
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LOUNGE LIZARDS - The Voyager, Anderson St., South Shields. 9pm. Free.
It's all happening in Shields tonight!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tessa Smith - check her out.

It was Russell who drew my attention to an article in The Journal on a young singer/pianist from the Northumbrian village of Riding Mill.
23 year old Tessa Smith, a former pupil of Hexham's Queen Elizabeth High School, first studied piano with the late Kenny Morrell, himself a local jazz legend, before graduating from Leeds College of Music. Tessa has just recorded a CD - "Bookmark" by the Tessa Smith Quartet. Curious to find out more, I followed various links to her myspace site where there are four excellent tracks to listen to and get an idea of where Tessa's at. It's worth the trip.
In particular, I liked "Tess's Torch Song" - an update of the old Arlen tune. It's the one that begins, 'I had a man, he was a good man. I had a friend, she was a good friend etc.'
Currently Tessa is playing a monthly residency at Harvey Nichols' store in Leeds.
A store, they tell me, that epitimises quality.

Lance.

PS: 'Bookmark' Tessa's site.

2 comments :

  1. Hi there,
    I just wanted to say thanks for your lovely comments about my music!
    I'd better clear one thing up though - I don't play the piano nearly well enough to play in the quartet! The pianist featured is a particularly talented friend of mine, Aidan Shepherd.
    But I'm glad you enjoyed our music, and hope you will visit my website to see what we're up to! (tessasmith.com)

    Thanks!

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  2. Apologies to Aiden - post corrected.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Cameron, Clegg, Milliband, Farage, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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