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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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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.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Jazz Café Jam. August 5.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Bradley Johnston (gtr); Ray Burns (hca); Cormack Loane (alt); Nick Gould (ten); James Creswick (bs); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Eric Stutt (dms); A.N. Others on guitar/flute/keys.
(Review by Lance).
This week's jam was jam-packed - the joint jumped!
The house trio set the bar level high on Bouncing With Bud and Wave. Bradley Johnston kept it there Meeting Miss Jones in the process. Ray Burns gave us Body and Soul. All the Things You Are, There Will Never be Another You and Cantaloupe Island followed bringing a new bass player on stage. Wearing a jauntily angled baseball cap I pigeon-holed him as a rapper or a hiphopper - how wrong can you get? James Creswick, of the musically notable Creswick family, proved to be as adept a jazz bassist as his father is a violinist and conductor.
Eric Stutt took his place behind the kit alongside a guitarist and flautist whose names I didn't catch. The fluter would have benefited from using the mic. Time Remembered meandered along but Anthropology and Straight No Chaser didn't hang about. 
Cormack Loane, a friend from way back and now based at Birmingham Conservatoire, was in town for a few days and, fortunately, had his alto with him. Cormack had travelled north to be here, Nick Gould, a habitué of Edinburgh's famous Jazz Bar, had travelled south and the two saxes blended well on Chaser, Satin Doll and Now's The Time both dishing out gutsy solos.
Gould stayed on board for Green Dolphin Street then was joined by yet another saxist - alto player Jordan Alfonso who acquitted himself admirably on a couple of Autumns (New York and Leaves).
Night in Tunisia brought Cormack back into the fray before the final Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.
One of the best jams since the Café re-opened.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. A great night it was indeed!

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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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