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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Saturday April 21


Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening


Pocket Dragon - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. £7.00. (£5.00. advance).

Ubunye - BURC, Main Street, Spittal TD15 1RD. Tel: 07752 403409. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£5.00. child, £22.00. family).


Groove-a-matics @ Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. March 22

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
A busy Saturday night in the Jazz Café. A prime spot bagged, a table shared with a clutch of jazz singers in town to hear Ruth Lambert. West Coast Blues. Lambert had a gig goin’ in the Caff. The band – Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder – relaxed, in form, a winning formula.
I Fall in Love Too Easily, Lambert lamented: …my heart should be well schooled. Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man, a shared favourite of our vocalist and this reviewer. Lambert wondered out loud…Will Raitt one day feature in the Gas Book? Looking around the room, listeners were transfixed, Lambert at the top of her game as guitarist Strong played the blues as tastefully as one could wish hear. No Moon at All, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (the boys in the band at their best), a measured Angel Eyes.
The second set was just like the first – magical. Let’s Do It, Skylark (wow!), Blue Skies. In the company of an A-list singer, she confided that listening to Lambert was like attending a master class. From one A-lister to another, no higher praise. Time After Time, some gigs just get better and better, Lambert casually leaning against the piano, there’s little else to say other than catch one of Lambert’s forthcoming gigs – she is in prime form.      
Russell.     

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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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