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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).

Number 22!

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

Monday, December 05, 2016

Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr @ The Globe: December 4

Kathryn Williams (vocals, guitar); Anthony Kerr (vibes)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Definitely the most unusual, freshest take on the Gasbook that I’ve heard this year, in fact for a long time. The voice was entrancing, sweet, with strong lower tones and the songs were sung with passion and heartfelt emotion. Ms. Williams is known as a contemporary folk singer and I’d go as far as to say that she brought to the songs a certain folk-like innocence which made this listener feel as if she was hearing the songs for the first time. This was partly achieved because the singer sang in English rather than with American intonation and language, for instance, ‘since my man and I aren’t together’ (not ain’t). The song was definitely the thing in this performance.
All was apparent simplicity, a stripped back performance. The vibes accompaniment was fittingly spare with just a few short solos and the songs were kept short, sometimes with no repeats. The audience gave the performance rapt attention as they soon realised that they may get just one chance to hear the words. A new way to perform these songs, which included, You Don’t Know What Love Is; My Funny Valentine; Every Time We Say Goodbye; I’m A Fool To Want You; Like Someone In Love; The Very Thought Of You; The Man I Love; Sweet Embraceable You; Stormy Weather; Autumn Leaves.
The gig actually began with a short set of the type of songs which I guess Ms. Williams’ audiences are more used to hearing. She accompanied herself on guitar, doing tunes on various subjects such as refugees, rock stars who are no longer with us, and tender love songs with skilled lyrics, such as ‘loneliness was never a part of us’.
Another great night at the Globe.
Ann Alex  

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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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