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Bebop Spoken There

Najee: “I've played in a lot of musical situations and they've all contributed to some facet of my musical personality– (Jazz Times March 1996).

Meredith d'Ambrosio: “Sometimes the verses are better than the songs! (Jazz Times March 1996).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday April 29.

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening
The Ladies of Midnight Blue - World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield house, Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UF. 11pm (DJ set earlier).
Big Muddy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zita Frith/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
John Bailey Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
James Birkett/Bradley Johnston - Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, Durham DH7 9RH. £7. 7:30pm.

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.
Liz.

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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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