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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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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

CD Review: Andrea Claburn - Nightshade

(Review by Ann Alex).
After 10 years of performing, studying and teaching, songwriter, arranger and vocalist, Andrea Claburn has finally recorded her first album.  ‘Frisco based Claburn studied jazz in California, as well as performing throughout the Bay area and further afield.  Nightshade is made up of 5 original songs by Claburn and 7 fresh interpretations of jazz standards and all except 1 track have been arranged by our singer.  All the instrumentalists are said to be world-class, and although I’m not familiar with their names, they all sound well up to the mark and beyond.
 I was especially pleased with 2 of the numbers, Skylark and Turn out the Stars, and it was good to hear less played standards such as I Can’t Help It (Betty Carter). Ms Claburn was in good voice, especially on the faster numbers where she clearly fitted in many words. Whilst I enjoyed the CD, it did seem to have a familiar sound. Perhaps I’ve just had too many similar albums to review lately!
Skylark has a bass opening and then trumpet and voice seem to fly and soar in the sky, before the voice fades out - a very effective arrangement. Turn out the Stars, a slow ballad of lost love, morphs into a swing with a skilled piano solo. Lionheart (not the Kate Bush number) is a sweet song about Claburn’s younger daughter aged 6 who is talented in martial arts, and Bird on a Wire (Metheny, not Leonard Cohen) is one of the fast vocals. The other tracks are Claburn’s My Favorite Flavor; The Fall Of Man; Colors Of Light and Steal Away (not the spiritual – It’s a good job that song titles are not subject to copyright). The other jazz standards are Infinite Wisdom; After You’ve Gone; and Daybreak.
The CD is due to be released on January 13, 2017. See www.andreaclaburn.com
Ann Alex 
Andrea Claburn (vocals); Matt Clark (piano, Fender Rhodes); Sam Bevan (acoustic & electric bass); Alan Hall (drums); John Santos (perc); Terence Brewer (acoustic & electric guitars); Erik Jekobson (trumpet & flugelhorn); Kasey Knudson (alto sax); Terry Raven (tenor sax); Rob Ewing (trombone); Mads Tolling (violin & viola); Joseph Hebert (cello)

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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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