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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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.
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