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Bebop Spoken There

T-Bone Walker: "In fact, there's a girl out there in California in a hospital right now because I was playing a blues that affected her so much that she lost control of herself and started crying, and she stood up and fell over backwards and fell on another table and injured her spine. That's the way the blues affects some people." - (Down Beat October 15, 1942).

Steve Wilson: “I originally wanted to be a drummer, but changed course when I heard Eddie Harris and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Cannonball Adderley live when I was 9 or 10.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

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Today Friday November 21

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA: Cole Porter in Hollywood - Sage Gateshead. 3pm/7.30pm. £28.50-£46.
Songs from the movies sung by, among others, Matthew Ford.
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Evening.
VASILIS XENOPOULOS w. PAUL EDIS TRIO - Opus 4 Jazz Club, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
One of my favourite tenor player - and your's too after you've heard him! With the Edis Aces fuelling the Greek Fire this is well worth the trip.
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UNFURL - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm.)
I'm reliably alerted to expect a "combination of Indian Ragas, contemporary jazz, flamenco and Arabic rhythms" so it sounds like an exotic evening is in store on Pink Lane.
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FUMI OKIJI OLD TIME JAZZ BAND - Edmondbyers Village Hall, Co. Durham DH8 9NL. 7.30pm. £7 (£4 child). 01807 255608.
Standards and jazz classics by band touring rural areas.
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JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA: Cole Porter in Hollywood - Sage Gateshead. 3pm/7.30pm. £28.50-£46.
Songs from the movies sung by, among others, Matthew Ford.

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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