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Bebop Spoken There

Alicia Hall Moran: “I would go to hear Jason's band play and I'd say "Y'all hot!" But they came out wearing these casual, saggy outfits, putting music out with these not-attractive outfits like they were going on interviews for jobs they didn't want.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Shabaka Hutchings: “You have to get the funding to come here [New York], and then there's getting the proper visa to play, which costs more than we get paid.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Today Friday April 20

Afternoon

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - Gala Theatre, Durham, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00. SOLD OUT!

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

Evening

Alice Grace Trio - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH. Tel: 0191 373 8500. 7:30pm. 7.00.

Ubunye - Frosterley Village Hall, Front Street, Frosterley DL13 2QW. Tel: 01388 526632. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs., ££5.00. child, £25.00. family).

Memphis Cruisers - 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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

From Paris (France) to Paris (Kentucky) - The Hot Club of Cowtown @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Elana James (pictured left with our Ann Alexander) (violin/vocals);Whit Smith (vocals, guitar), and slap bass player Jake Erwin.
No wonder Bebop Spoken Here's Ann is smiling after Elana had autographed a CD for her - this had been one fantastic 3 tier full Hall 2 concert. And to think I'd been debating the other Sage option tonight i.e. Zappa Plays Zappa in Hall 1 - all 2 hours 30 minutes of it no interval'
No, this was a good call, the trio crossing the genres with ease. 
They played jazz a la Django/Stephane and country inspired by the Western Swing of, say, Bob Willis and the Playboys.
Listening to Elana and trying not to be distracted by her fascinating leg movements, I was reminded of the time when I first heard Hank Williams. I was 15 and just discovering jazz. There was a fiddle solo on the record which sounded pretty damn much like jazz to me although I was told it was Hillbilly music.
Well for me that "Hillbilly music" which became Country/Western Swing certainly had plenty jazz going for it tonight!
Elana is not only a fine fiddler but a super singer too. Exactly Like You, I Got It Bad, Oh Baby, Deed I Do, were just some of the jazzy items but even on the out and out country numbers she swung.
Whit Smith played Chet Atkins inspired guitar and sang in the country idiom. Guitar and fiddle were outstanding but the biggest ovation went to slap bass star Jake Erwin - his every slap and click brought the house down.
Loved every minute of tonight's show.
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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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