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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Bebop Spoken Here on hold

As of tonight (November 15) at 21:00 hrs, this site will be temporarily on hold to allow for essential executive maintenance. Some minor activity may be possible during this period and we hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Lance

Today Thursday November 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Ponyland - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:30pm. Free.

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Mary Coughlan - Queen Vic, 78 Victoria Road, South Shields NE33 5PQ. 0191 447 0290. Doors 7:00pm. £18.00 (advance) from The Word (South Shields Library) or by card, tel 0191 427 4597.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Mo Scott, Paul Edis and Neil Harland @ The Lit and Phil.

Mo Scott (vcl); Paul Edis (pno); Neil Harland (bs).
(Review by Lance. Photo by Jerry)
Another one of those delightful vignettes that make these monthly, well attended, soirees at the Lit and Phil such a pleasing experience. Mo Scott is more frequently heard hollerin' the blues like as if she'd been brought up on the southside of Chicago and today, although she was in a more sedate mode, the blues tinged phrases and inflections were were never far away. The musical pairing of Scott and Edis began in April at Newcastle Arts Centre where the duo created some musical sparks at a gig organised by the Pink Lane Jazz Co-op. Given that Neil Harland plays bass guitar in Mo's blues band, it seemed only logical that the multi-talented Harland should bring his double bass to the party and make the duo a trio.
Mose Allison's Stop This World got things rolling - a voice like a rusty razor blade took us to the deep south - perfect for lyrics like Stop this world, let me off, There's just too many pigs in the same trough, There's too many buzzards sitting on the fence, Stop this world, its not making sense.. 
Couldn't sing those lines with a precise enunciated delivery. Edis on piano played sympathetic backing as well as a solo that told the truth. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You? Come Rain or Come Shine and I've Got My Love to Keep me Warm followed. The latter, a vocal high spot with Mo showing that you don't need to scat to show off your jazz chops - just move the lyric around a bit, take a few permitted liberties with the melody and let it all just hang out. There were more gems but by now you've got the picture. Perhaps the vocal high spot was  Sippie Wallace's Women be Wise.
Your best girlfriend
Oh she might be a highbrow
Changes clothes three time a day
But what do you think she's doing now
While you're so far away?
You know she's lovin' your man
In your own damn bed...
You better call for the doctor
Try to investigate your head.

Lyrics like that are food and drink to Mo and she simply devours them!
Of course, needless to say, Paul and Neil were superb throughout. Drummers? Who needs 'em?!
Next month, on October 18, it's the dynamic guitar duo of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston.
Lance.

1 comment :

Jude (on f/b) said...

LOVE Mo - wish we could have got to hear this.

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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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