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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: "If they ever make a movie about Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt is the man to play the part." - (DownBeat May 25, 1961).
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Mark Crooks: “Playing the songbook repertoire is what I really like to do. There’s a hundred lifetimes of material for me to explore there.” – (Jazz Journal April 2015).

Today Tuesday March 31

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - It's today!.
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Evening.
RIFF RAFF - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. £10/£8.
A JNE/Schmazz promotion - looks to be worth checking out.
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CHARLES GORDON TRIO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 9 (8.30pm?) - 11pm.
New regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Jeff Armstrong on drums and...?
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop.
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back April 7
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
First Tuesday - Back on April 7.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Back on April 7.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back April 7.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back April 14.

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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