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Bebop Spoken There

Larry Coryell: “Jimi Hendrix is the greatest musician who ever lived, as far as I'm concerned.– (Down Beat September 9, 1972).

Phil Woods: “Played 'Stella by Starlight' enough to last me a lifetime (Down Beat January 11, 1979).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday May 6

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Evening
Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers - Community Hall, Albion Tce., Saltburn TS12 1NN. 7:30pm. £10.
Anth Purdy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zoe Gilby/Mark Williams - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Stone Foundation - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £8.

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.
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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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