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Bebop Spoken There

Horace Silver: "I like a person who can improvise inside, outside and through the chord changes" - (Crescendo July 1975).


Colin Towns: “I learned what I could but I was tipped out of school at 15 and you went from pub to pub learning what you could. Or going through the racks at Dobell’s or Ray’s.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).


Today Sunday October 4

James Harrison - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm.
Alan Law - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Bubble Foundation fundraiser.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Toby Delius Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE gig.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub & Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Alexander Stewart w. Alex Webb Trio @ The Sage.

Alexander Stewart (vcl); Alex Webb (pno); Gary Crosby (bs); Andy Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I felt that the support act to Ms Warwick deserved more than the typical ...earlier on so and so opened the show etc.. this was a strong performance in its own right.
Stewart is often compared with Michael Bublé and there are similarities. However, just as there once were and still are a thousand Sinatra clones - of which Bublé once was one - the Canadian has now found his own voice and Alexander Stewart is pretty damn close to finding his.
His performance tonight was confident and assured despite being confronted with a near capacity audience waiting eagerly to hear Dionne Warwick. That he won the majority over was proved by the queue waiting to buy signed CDs in the interval. I don't think I've seen a support act do so well at The Sage. On the strength of tonight's performance I think Stewart could easily pull a Hall Two crowd at the venue.
And what of that performance? What did we hear?
If You're Not Really Here; Two Marvellous For Words;You Don't Know Me; an original, The Back Seat of my Car; Moonglow; Baby You Can Drive My Car; Call Me and Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover.
Alex Webb provided some tasty piano accompaniment and Crosby and Chapman had a couple of moments in the sun.
Talking to Alex Webb (pictured left) he confided in me that I posted their first ever review after a gig at The Spice about 3 years back - and the rest is history...

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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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