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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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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, October 31, 2013

Paloma Faith w. Guy Barker Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead. October 30

Paloma Faith (vcl); Naomi Miller, Sabrina Ramikie (backing vcls); Guy Barker (MD) + 42 piece orchestra.
(Review by Lance).
Anyone expecting to hear the jazz trumpet of Guy Barker would be disappointed. Guy's role tonight was that of MD and arranger - a job done brilliantly.
Those who came to hear a sensational soul/jazz/rock singer strutting her stuff, and I guess the three tier full Hall One were there for just that, most certainly weren't - disappointed that is.
From the moment La Paloma made her entrance looking ravishingly gorgeous in a slinky, figure-hugging gown slit tantalisingly high at the back (another inch and...) to the final encore the audience were her slaves.
"Everybody stand" she commanded.
We stood. 
We clapped hands, shook it about a bit, and joined in the spirit. Her vivid red hair topped with matching hairpiece (I guess) stood out as did her distinctive voice. The jazz content came in an up-tempo version of Love Me Or Leave Me with a big fat trombone solo and the dramatic Wild is the Wind. For the rest they were songs familiar to the fans and put over with panache.
The girl's got personality plus with an engaging EastEnders accent.
Her two backing singers, Naomi and Sabrina, did the job and had their own solo spot in the short first set.
Naomi gave us Dusty's Son of a Preacher Man and Sabrina sang Carole King's You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman. Both impressed.
The 42 piece orchestra worked hard, strings, brass and reeds blending well together although solos were few. From my seat in the stalls the only musician I recognised was Alan Barnes on second tenor although I found out later that it was Ralph Salmins on drums and Ben Castle on clarinet who were featured in the opening Sing, Sing, Sing.
An apt title as that is exactly what the star did - sing, sing, sing - did she not!
I arrived as a curious observer and departed - a converted believer!
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.
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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