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Bebop Spoken There

Ray Anderson: “When I started listening to the Ellington trombones, it was all over.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Let-Me-Out Department: the Melody Maker now has monthly reviews of Cage, Stockhausen et al. A case for a change of name?" - (Daily Telegraph April 18, 1970).

Today Thursday November 26

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Ray Dales, Kevin Eland, Ernie Jackson & Bryn Jones- Dormans, Linthorpe Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.
Sinatraland w. BBC Big Band, Claire Martin, Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £24, £21, £18.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Rd., South Gosforth NE3 1QL. 6:30pm. Free. Note this month's earlier start.
The Pocket Jazz Orchestra (Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith, Mark Toomey, Noel Dennis) - The Ship, Redmarshall, Stockton on Tees. 8pm. Free.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Clare Teal @ Theatre Royal York. March 23.

well the lady was on top form last night, playing to a packed and hugely enthusiastic audience. She just bounced in with all the verve we have learnt to expect from her, surely Clare is at the top of her profession just now. Her band were simply outstanding , Grant Windsor, keyboard/arranger, Ben Reynolds drums ; Simon Little bass. They also did some great harmonies throughout. So well rehearsed, they played in perfect harmony...and they all had such fun! For me I would have liked more standards, swingy ones too, as they were good at swing..her tribute to Anita O'Day was superb, Tea For Two at about 300 mph! 
Also I loved I Loves You Porgy and If I Were a Bell. Apart from those faves of mine, there was a fine selection of lesser known stuff which although unfamiliar to me were nevertheless never short of thrilling. Of course what Clare also does best is her chatty repartee in between numbers, always tongue in cheek and very laid back. She also mentioned her new Album Hey Ho, apparently a Gasbook tribute, but I heard no real evidence of it, which for me was a disappointment. Still you get your full money's worth with M/s Teal and we left on a high.

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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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