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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Friday, March 04, 2011

Nobody got off scat-free! Sandi Russell with Alan Barnes & the John Horler Trio

Sandi Russell (vcl); Alan Barnes (alt/ten); John Horler (pno); Alec Dankworth (bs); Steve Brown (dms).
Sandi Russell is to be commended for organising this, the first Musicon Durham Jazz Festival. The event took place at St Chad's College - a seat of learning only a wing and a prayer away from the cathedral, the castle and the prison.
Not that Ms Russell took any prisoners. Looking very svelte in a beige posh cardi with gold decorations and brown trousers - the epitome of cool - the Harlem born, Dunelmian resident, gave an exuberant, even astonishing, display of vocal pyrotechnics - this was Tina Turner meets Dee Dee Bridgewater with a touch of Ella and Sassy and a Covent Garden coloratura thrown in to the melting pot - an outré performance!
There were moments of sanity on The Nearness of You, Skylark, Send in the Clowns but mostly it was wild scatting that, whilst I found it a bit over the top, the bulk of her audience loved it.
Alan, John, Alec and the ever smiling Steve were in scintillating form. They opened up with Yardbird Suite with Alan on alto and John Horler playing some grand piano on the grand piano.
Steve and Alec made sure no one flagged - least of all them.
Alan blew tenor on a Cottontail that soared effortlessly - Ben Webster would have been impressed. Later they did I Thought About You and a bossa - O Grande Amor - the bass part of which was written on a piece of till roll from the pub - or so Alan/Alec said!
Sandi finished off with a nod to Ella on How High The Moon followed by That's All for an appropriately entitled encore.
Saturday afternoon (4pm) there's an open workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists and in the evening our old friend Vasilis Xenopoulos will be there having travelled to Durham from Blaydon via Saltburn.
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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