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Johnny Dankworth: "[on British Trad] If you want to get ahead get a hat." - (Melody Maker July 23, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Acker Bilk: “What's wrong with a bowler? My bank manager wears one!” (Melody Maker October 10, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Today Saturday August 1

Afternoon.
Play Jazz! Summer School - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 9.30am. Two day event. email: learning@jazz.coop.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Evening.
Pete Tanton/Mark Williams Quartet - Jam Session - The Globe, 11 Railway St., NE4 7AD. 7.30pm (For 8pm). £5.
Ruth Lambert/Giles Strong - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Belinda Voshtina/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ 7pm. Free.
Steve Glendinning (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Rendezvous Jazz - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.

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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