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Bebop Spoken There

Bobby Watson: “He [Charles McPherson] did some of the stuff on Clint Eastwood's movie [Bird] and no one knew the difference– (Jazz Times March 1996).

JJ Johnson: “They [jazz listeners] can't be fooled. They're broad-minded enough to want to hear innovation. At the same time, they're too hip to be taken in by false prophets (Down Beat May 28, 1970.

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.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Alexander Stewart joins Dionne Warwick as support act for UK tour

Rising jazz vocalist Alexander Stewart has been chosen to support Dionne Warwick on her Jazz FM-sponsored UK tour starting on 30th May. Ms Warwick, whose recording career began in 1962, will be coming to the UK for the first time since 2008 for a nationwide tour presented by Jazz FM that will celebrate her 50 years in the business. 
Alexander Stewart will be playing with bassist Gary Crosby OBE (whose CV includes Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica, Nu Troop and Denys Baptiste), drummer Andy Chapman (Rhythmica, Ayanna Witter-Johnson) and his pianist, arranger and musical director Alex Webb. (YouTube clip.)
Alexander Stewart will open for Ms Warwick on the following dates:
Weds 30th May: The Sage, Gateshead
Thurs 31st May: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Fri 1st June: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Sun 3rd June: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Mon 4th June: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

At just 24 years of age, Manchester-born Stewart has already created a buzz as one of the most precociously talented vocalists of the new generation. With a warm, urgent voice that shows off his early love of Billie Holiday and Tony Bennett, he avoids being a nostalgia act with his judiciously off-beat choice of material and a decidedly contemporary energy level.
Press reaction to Stewart’s 2011 debut release, All Or Nothing At All, (ASM001) was laudatory; of his most recent Ronnie Scott’s appearance in April the Times said, in four-star review, “How far the young British singer has come in a very short time … Stewart will be opening for Dionne Warwick on her forthcoming UK tour. Take your seats early.”
CD Review All or Nothing at All.

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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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