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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 Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Alter Ego @ Ashington Jazz Club. February 5

Andy Hawking (Roland Key Board), Tony Abell (Bass),  Keith Robinson (Alto. Sax.), Dave Hignett (Tpt. Flugel.), Niall Armstrong (Ten. Sax. Flute), Dave Francis (Drums).
(Review by Peter S.)
The AJC reopened, after a winter break, with Alter Ego. The members arrived in force if a little apprehensive realising this would be a new experience for them as many would
not have listened to this West Coast Modern Jazz style.
The Band exploded onto our stage with Set 1 and the applause after the first number established their approval. We enjoy a variety here and acknowledge quality musicianship and control. The instrumentalists were brilliant and delivered great music with style and panache. We were quickly aware that this was a much together and gifted unit who were more than comfortable in this chosen genre. The arrangements were slick and organised  and the interplay of the front line was exceptional, while the rhythm department established its importance within the group. All had the opportunity to present themselves  as soloists and establish their mastery of each instrument. Our audience gave a positive response and it was obvious that this group had our
respect and acceptance. Alter Ego will have successfully drawn attention to the place this jazz style has in the development of the music. See this band at their next gig. You will not be disappointed. I recommend Alter Ego to you.
Cheese Cake, In Walked Horace, Coastal Breeze, Swinging Low, Karita, Nice and Easy, Little Man, Soulful Mr. Timmons, Hit and Run, All the Things You Are, Wheel Within a Wheel, Think of   One, Zee Kay 30, Get Back in, A bittadose.... and more.
AJC next meeting March 5th. The Elephant at 8.00 p.m. Brian Carrick and His Band.
See you there.
Peter S.

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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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