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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Goodman: “...maybe Fletcher [Henderson] isn't the best pianist going, but he knows what we want.– (Down Beat December 15, 1939).

Sonny Rollins: “I don't feel I'm as great as they think I am.– (Down Beat November 28, 1956).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Sunday February 7

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Phil Richardson (solo piano) - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2:00pm.
Ralph Keeley - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Improvisers Workshop - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Teresa Watson Band - Tyne Bar. 3:00pm (first set 3:30pm) Free. Line-up includes Johnny Whitehill.
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Evening.
George Burt (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Corey Mwamba (vbs) - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6 (conc). 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant - Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8-10pm. Free.

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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