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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Sunday November 19

Afternoon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.

Tyne Horns - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. 3:00pm. Free. New saxophone quartet – Louise Lambert (alto & tenor), Tom Adams (alto & soprano), Colin Wise (tenor) & Col Smith (baritone).

Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling Street, Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 3:00pm. Free. Blues band.

Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening

Arun Ghosh + Steve Ojay - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £15.30. Sage Two.

Big Muddy - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

Paul Edis + Early Bird Band - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 416 2846. 8:00pm. £5.00. Edis solo piano set followed by the Early Birds.

Toots and Littlefield - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CD Review – Lonely City by Allegra Levy

(Review by Kath J)
I have to own up and say it was several weeks ago when Lance asked me to review this CD… and I have just been a little busy, but finally I have sat down to tap out a few thoughts on this original début CD from Allegra Levy. I have to be honest and say that for me this CD was one of three  parts…. The  part  I liked, lively catchy tunes and easy on the ear, the second part  that was a mix of songs that were pretty ok, but not as appealing and a couple that were well not really my cup of tea!   
Allegra Levy has a pleasant voice for Jazz, similar in some ways to Zoe Gilby… it must be the influence of Carmen McRae, similar phrasing and a range of tonal colours.  Her sense of rhythm is excellent as she sings in a communicative and intimate way as she relates the stories of her original songs.  The first two tunes, Anxiety and I Don’t Want To Be In Love, were on my tick list, as was A New Face, Why Do I, and The Lullaby.   
The title track,  Lonely City was another that reminded me of another singer/songwriter, local to the North East!  A Better Day ,  I’m Not Okay , Clear Eyed Tango I could take or leave and Everything Green inspired by Joni Mitchel was just not for me, and to be honest neither was The Duet… but hey that’s only my thoughts and if we were all the same it would be a sad world…. I guess if you listen for yourself you will make up your own mind.
Kath J.

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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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