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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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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 26, 2016

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone. Nov 24

(Review by Russell/photo from BSH archive).
The last one of the year. The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s monthly open rehearsal night saw one or two deps in, perhaps the regulars were Christmas shopping or maybe stranded at a distant Metro station thanks to day-long delays on Tyne and Wear’s so-called ‘rapid’ transit system. Audience numbers were down slightly making available a couple of seats.
Vocalist F’reez sang about seeing on a clear day and walking his baby back home. Alice Grace sang about being too darn hot. Benny Golson’s Whisper Not heard several roaring solos courtesy of Messrs Paul Gowland, Michael Lamb, Jamie Toms and Steve Summers. The band ran through a Bill Holman arrangement of Stevie Wonder as prep for their next gig. The session was very much ‘workshop’ rather than ‘polished concert performance’.

Occasions such as this give a fascinating insight into the workings of a big band.
Steve Summers toted alto, soprano and flute, taking the honours on Horace Silver’s Sister Sadie. One wonders which is Dr Summers’ first instrument? Horace Silver wouldn’t have hesitated to hire him on any of them! The Strictly Smokin’ have a busy gig diary over the next few weeks: December 14th @ Sage Gateshead in support of the BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music course; December 16th and 17th @ The Black Swan (tickets have been selling like hot cakes, a few left for Friday, very few left for Saturday 17th); a post-Christmas blow out @ Hoochie Coochie, Thursday 29th and a New Year’s Eve bash over at Prohibition Bar on Brandling Street, Gateshead.            
The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s monthly session at the Millstone, South Gosforth (seven o’clock, free admission) resumes Thursday January 26, 2017. Do get along, the real ales are tip top and you’ll be supporting the grass roots of the music.
Russell.    
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band: trumpets: Michael Lamb MD, Pete Tanton, Tom Hill, Dick Stacey; trombones: ?, Mark Ferris, John Flood, Keith Norris; Paul Gowland (tenor), Jamie Toms (tenor), Steve Summers (alto, soprano, flute), Keith Robinson (alto), Laurie Rangecroft (baritone), Mick Wright (guitar), Michael Whent (bass), Alan ? (drums); vocals: Alice Grace & F’reez


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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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