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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 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...
Lance.

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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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