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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Belden: "In England they called us [Woody Herman's 1979 band] 'loud and obnoxious!' I thought that was a compliment." - (Woody Herman - Chronicles of the Herds by William D. Clancy w. Audree Coke Kenton. Pub. Schirmer Books 1995).
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JK Simmons: “I didn’t have a jazz background but I strummed my guitar badly in coffee houses when I was a kid.” (Radio Times 24-30 January 2015).

Today Sunday January 25

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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DURHAM UNI BIG BAND - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm - Band 6pm.
Today's the day!
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly, today's the day!
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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NO TIME FOR JIVE - Tap & Spile, 1 Battle Hill, Hexham NE46 1BH. 4pm. Free.
Chicago Blues.
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IAN HARRINGTON (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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WHIPLASH - Tyne Cinema Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation. Back Feb. 1.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, back Feb. 8.
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Evening.
DIACHRONICX - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm.
Gabrielle Heller and Steve Glendinning in duo mode.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - back in February!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back Feb. 1.
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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