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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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Friday, December 16, 2016

Preview: Claire Martin w. Royal Northern Sinfonia - Let it Snow.

There's a lot going on on Sunday - Blaydon, Hartlepool, Coxlodge, Los Angelos, New York, Kowloon and elsewhere.
However, for those without vagabond shoes or whose passport or bus pass has ran out, then Sage Gateshead looks good. In fact, if you're in LA, New York or Kowloon and your passport is in order then you still have time to make it to Sage Gateshead for Claire Martin's Let it Snow concert.
Claire is one of those singers capable of stamping her magical touch on whatever the material. I've heard her with Ian Shaw; in a terrific triumvirate with Barbra Jungr and Mari Wilson; with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett; at various jazz festivals and, on Sunday, I'll hear her with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a mix of Christmas Classics and Superb Standards.
Dismiss the notion that you've 'heard it all before' - believe you me, you ain't heard nothin' yet!
Trust me that Claire will be at the top of her game.
Why?
Performing on the concourse in a pre-concert session [6:30pm] are local duo Hand to Mouth - aka Bradley Johnston and Lindsay Hannon.
Lindsay will be setting a benchmark for Claire and six string Bradley, likewise, for the Sinfonia!
This is one concert I can't miss. I could even listen to Claire Martin singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer although I won't be brokenhearted if she doesn't..
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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