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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Jazz Cafe Refugees, The Star, July 31, The Blue Jazz Quintet and Jam Session

Chris Finch (keys); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums) + Jen Errington, Sue Straker  (pictured), Kath Jobes, Yours Truly (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
It began with a call from the soprano sax that brought us into A Foggy Day In London Town. Saxes featured well, in harmony, then solo, and Michael on drums going great guns after being away in France on a music course.  Blue Train followed, featuring a delightful walking bass solo.
Feeling Wise, a world premier composed by Chris Finch himself, a swinger of a tune with a solo from Chris.  Well done!
My Funny Valentine featured Jeff on tenor; Ladybird had 4s from bass and drums, so it was good to have the rhythm people coming to the fore, so to speak, in mid performance, with some bands they often have to wait a while for their special moment.  We then went Latin with Song For My Father, a gift for drums, and Michael played the part with aplomb.
So What segued amusingly into Some Day My Prince Will Come (maybe a tribute to the new royal baby, or not) and the set ended with Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness. And you can catch this entertaining band again on the Sage Concourse this Friday at 8pm.
No other instrumentalists were present, it must be holiday time for blowers and fretters, but vocalists were out in force to support ‘our’ band, bless them, who accompany Blue Jazz Voices. 
Jen Errington stepped up to do confident, tasty versions of Lullaby Of Birdland and East Of The Sun.  Sue Straker came up with No More Blues and a sweetly sung Bye Bye Blackbird.  Kath Jobes told us that she was Beginning To See The Light, with great style and swing.  By now time had run out, but the audience shouted for Yours Truly to sing one (honestly they did!), so I came up with Autumn Leaves, nothing to do with the time of the year at all, but why be logical?
An enjoyable evening.
Photos.
Ann Alex


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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.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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