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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Saturday November 28

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
BUDTONES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5 Doors 8pm.
Chris Jelly/Peter Gilligan - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free.
Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. Free. 7pm (? 0191 2331010 to check).
Dave Rae's NOJB - Methodist Church, Springwell Rd., Springwell Village, Gateshead NE9 7RY. 7:30pm. £5.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - Village Hall, Ingleton, Co. Durham. 8pm. £10 (advance bookings before Nov. 26 from 01325 730250). Pie and Pea supper inc.
Burundanga - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Madeleine Peyroux @ The Sage, Gateshead. Monday May 1.

Madeleine Peyroux (vcl/gtr); Gary Vercase (keys); John Harrington (gtr); Barack(?) Murray (bs); Darren Beckett (dms).
What can you say about Peyroux? She's got a vocal sound that first captured me when I heard Dance Me To The End Of Love on her Careless Love CD.
That sound was very much in evidence tonight in front of a well-attended Sage Hall One. Put a band of A-listers alongside her and you have the perfect recipe for enjoyment.
And yet...
...I came away feeling ever so slightly let down - as if I expected Cloud 7 (which I did) and only made it to Cloud number 5.  The material, particularly early on in her set was just so samey - a criticism that has been heard before - and it did begin to pall. In fact it wasn't until the last couple of numbers that the jazzier element emerged - an I Hear Music where she introduced the band and a Ja-Da based number that got a nice groove going.
However, the crowd enjoyed it all and, with reservations, so did I.
Earlier, guitar/vocalist R.J.Thompson did a 30 minute support set. That's the difference between an out and out jazz gig and the fringier ones - the latter invariably have a support act.
This is no reflection on RJ who I have heard before in a similar role - he does it well.
PS: Am I alone in longing for the days when singers were singers and songwriters were songwriters - apart from Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael !?

1 comment :

  1. Completely with you on your post script... On a lesser gripe I feel that singers should sing and not play at the same time, they often sound better doing one thing rather than 2! Louis Amstrong never played and sang at the same time!


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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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