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Bebop Spoken There

Richard Rodney Bennett: "I have to will myself into symphonic music, but jazz - I just jump joyfully in." - (Crescendo, July 1982).
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Laura Jurd “I’ve been making things up on the piano for as long as I can remember.” – (Jazzwise February 2015).

Today Sunday February 1

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
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WHIPLASH - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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COMBO GIG - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm - Band 6pm.
Back on Feb 8 .
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly, Back on Feb. 22.
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, back Feb. 8.
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Evening.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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No gig this week - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Back on Feb. 22 w. PAUL BAXTER BAND.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - back in February!
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

Monday, September 05, 2011

CD Review: Alexander Stewart - All or Nothing at All

It was a couple of years ago when Alexander Stewart burst into my existence at The Spice of Life and completely knocked me out with his set.
Later, my parochial loyalties were stretched to the limit when he took on local boy Jason Isaacs in the final of the TV People's Crooner Competition.
Since then he has appeared at London's coolest music venues including Ronnie's, Pizza, Hideaway etc so it was only a matter of time before Alexander Stewart's work was captured on CD - hopefully the first of many.
The obvious comparison is with Michael Bublé and with no disrespect to the Canadian - who is a favourite of mine - I feel that Stewart captures the legacy of his spiritual mentors (Sinatra, Bennett etc) better and adds a dash of his own angostura to the mix. The selection of songs is impeccable - No Moon at All, Young at Heart, Easy To Love, All The Way to mention but a few. Paul Simon's Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover is a surprising but effective choice.
The Alex Webb Trio, Webb on piano, Gary Crosby and Andy Chapman on bass and drums respectively, give solid backing with some dazzling alto from Nat Facey providing the icing on the cake.
An outstanding vocal disc.
Check Alexander out here.
Lance.
Alexander Stewart - All or Nothing at All distributed by Proper Note Distribution. Released today -Sept. 5, 2011.

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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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