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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

CD Review: Jennie Marie Hammond & The Quiet Band - Lullabies & Dreams..

Jennie Marie Hammond (vcl); Mark Chandler (tpt/flug); Mike Hope (ten); Sean Miller (pno); Richard Hammond (bs); Dom Sales (dms/perc).
(Review by Lance).
A delicate, fey, offering that is totally laid back in the best traditions of Astrud and Blossom.
"I wanted to make a jazz album that could lull my baby girl to sleep." So states drummer, bandleader and founder of the Jellymould Jazz record label, Dom Sales.

An unusual conception that could backfire and put the parents and the kids to sleep! More likely, it will send the adults to put some older, other people's, 'babies' to bed but not necessarily to sleep! It's that kind of disc - a natural follow on to a genre that perhaps began with In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning! It's cool, smoky, sultry, the kind of disc tailor-made for the reflecting, inner soul-searching that comes at the end of an evening that may have been very satisfying or - very frustrating! A nightcap, a fridge raid or maybe a phone call you will regret come the dawn. It's that kind of disc and I love it!
Jennie Marie, says Mike Hope, the Getzian tenor player on the album, is one of the most underrated singers on the planet. Well, whilst that is hardly an underpopulated area of Earth, it is one where Ms Hammond justifiably belongs.
The voice is the one you want to hear late night. The tenor is as cool as the iciest cuba libre, the flugel the plaintive cry in the night, piano bass and drums the reassurance you need at times like this - and the tunes!
Just look at the menu!
Corcavado, When You Wish Upon a Star, Sleeping Bee, Hushabye Mountain, It's Only a Peper Moon, Moonlight in Vermont, Wave, Lullabies & Dreams (original), Stardust, Alice in Wionderland, I See the Moon (honestly!) & White Christmas!
This goes on the car stereo tomorrow - so, if I offer you a lift, beware, I will not hold myself responsible for your actions!
Good job the kids are sound asleep!
Jennie Marie Hammond & The Quiet Band - Lullabies & Dreams is released on December 8 on Jellymouldjazz..
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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