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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: "If they ever make a movie about Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt is the man to play the part." - (DownBeat May 25, 1961).
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Mark Crooks: “Playing the songbook repertoire is what I really like to do. There’s a hundred lifetimes of material for me to explore there.” – (Jazz Journal April 2015).

Today Wednesday April 1

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles,and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Swinging mainstream band.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave and co welcome all-comers .
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON/DEAN STOCKDALE/PAUL SUSANS - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Good food and top trio.
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LEVEE RAMBLERS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style. Featuring Mick Hill on trumpet.
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KATHERINE STONE BAND- Ashington Jazz Club @ The Elephant, Newbiggin Rd., Ashington. NE63 0SZ. 8pm. £5.
Monthly - Tonight's the night with top vocalist!
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay.
Fortnightly - Tonight's the night!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mo Scott with Stuart Collingwood Trio @ The Cherry Tree

Mo Scott (vcl); Stu Collingwood (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
Is You Is or Is You Ain't my Baby? was the question posed by Mo in her opening number. My starter, however, was more complex with no less than 5 choices! I decided to go for the Wellington of Boudin Noir, Apple Compote with HP Dressing which turned out to be black puddin'! Nevertheless, it was a goodun'.
Mo was now singing in that husky, blues tinged voice of hers Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You - you and The Chef babe!
Both Mo and the Chef coincided on the next one too - Imagination. Mo's Imagination "Makes a cloudy day sunny, Makes a bee think of honey..." The Chef's imaginative creation was Cassoulet Provencale which comprised Braised Haricot Beans, Toulouse Sausage, Smoked Pork Belly and, to stop it sounding like an all-day breakfast, Duck Confit.
Love Me or Leave Me sang Mo - I didn't leave any! Fever and Sticky Toffee Pudding, a bottle of Black Sheep and When Sunny Gets Blue. Love this song which had a sensitive bass solo from Neil. The set finished with some blues (surprise! surprise!)
It had been a good set and I wished I'd been able to stay for the second set but my nose started running (fortunately after I'd finished my sticky toffee pudding) and I think I too had Fever.
Still it had been enjoyable with Mo, the boys, the chef and the staff at the top of their game.
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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