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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 25, 2010

One Mo (Scott) Time @ The Cherry Tree.

Maureen (Mo) Scott (vcl), Stu Collingwood (pno), Neil Harland (bs), Lloyd Howell (dms).
Another night of music to die for and food to diet for at what is now recognised as the undisputed king of jazz dineries in the north.
Mo Scott may be regarded as more of a blues/rock chick but she can cut a jazz gig with the best of them.
Tonight, her songbook included "Taking A Chance on Love", "Embraceable You", "Love Me or Leave Me" - a kick ass version of Ellington's "Squeeze Me" - "That Old Devil Called Love", "Georgia" and a very bluesy "Bye Bye Blackbird".
This brought things up to the intermission pror to which I'd had my tastebuds tuned up on Home Cured Duck Bresaola, Duck Scratchings & Bitter Leaf. Not a massive portion and indeed the duck may still be flying around with just a few scratches however, it sufficed to get the juices ready, willing, and able for the main event which, in my case, was Pan Fried Hake with Spiced Parsnip Puree. Shallots & Granny Smith (alas poor Granny you were never so sweet as in death). Succulent is the only word, no other will do for this dish.
As is the way at the Cherry Tree, the gloves came off in the second set with band and singer moving it up a notch with Mo letting it all hang out on "Come Rain Or Come Shine" - she was moving into Big Mama mode - "Fever", "Blue Skies", a "The Very Thought of You" that displayed unmistakeable traces of Dinah Washington causing me to pause, reluctantly, during my Treacle Tart with Lemon Créme Faiche to admire the skill with which she handled the lyric and the timing.
"World on a String" then a blast on "Kansas City" and "Route 66".
On piano, Stu Collingwood was featured on "I Get A Kick Out of Stu" (My title!) and "My Funny Valentine" as well as knocking out some grabable stuff with Mo.
Neil, melodic and rhythmic as ever, and Lloyd - far removed from the Lloyd who drives Mo to the verge of hysteria at the Maggi Bank - was as tasteful as they come.
It was a good night with an audience slightly reduced by the post Xmas depression although swelled by Mo's mother and brother (had a bit chat with bro.) and third cousin twice removed...
Excellent gig.
Next week Andrea Pattison and band. I'm building up an appetite already.
Lance.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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