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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Maria Chiara Argiro Group @ The Jazz Café February 10

Maria Chiara Argiro (piano); Sam Rapley (reeds); Tal Janes (guitar); Andrea DiBiase (bass); Gaspar Sena (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley) 
Friday night at the Jazz Cafe saw the upstairs room turn into Little Italy as many of the London based Italian band leader’s compatriots joined the locals for a wonderful evening of contemporary jazz. The band was featuring the release of their debut album The Fall Dance. Many of the tunes followed the same structure - a quiet opening solo by one of the group building into a cinematic melodious soundscape with all band members contributing to the impressive structure. 
The tune Stanhope Gardens inspired by the London street in the multi-ethnic area of Haringey stood out with its vibrant Turkish style ending. Argiro tended to be more bandleader than soloist although her style of playing, burying her head into the piano with her hair covering her entire face was quite beguiling. 

All the band members played excellent solos: Sam Rapley at times seemed Metheneyesque on guitar, Gaspar Sena excelled on drums and Andrea DiBiase, another Anglo-Italian put down some solid bass grooves, while I was blown away by Sam Rapley on both clarinet and tenor. The solo on the first number of the second set (Dream R) was as enjoyable as anything the great Seamus Blake had played at the Black Swan just 3 days previous. Full of passion, intrigue, subtlety and power, it was worth the admission fee alone. 
At the end of the gig the cosmopolitan audience showed their appreciation with a great ovation. The band despite a somewhat tortuous drive from London that day were still happy to hang around and chat to people. A lovely bunch of people had thoroughly warmed and rewarded those who had ventured out on a cold and harsh Newcastle Friday night.
Steve H.

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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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