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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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Saturday, April 01, 2017

GIJF Day 1 - Before and After

Once again the Serious bandwagon pulled up at Sage Gateshead for the annual International Jazz Festival.
Clare Teal gave an absolutely stunning performance which will be reported in detail later by Ann Alex.
However, prior to the main event, Paul Edis and students from the BABMUS course gave an impressive performance down on the Concourse. I only heard snatches as I was ensconced in the 'hospitality tent' (somebody's got to do it!) but what I did hear sounded good. Tom Dixon's Take 5 impressed as did the vocals from the various ladies in black.
After the enthralling performance by Ms Teal we headed for the number 27 only to be stopped in our tracks by some intriguing sounds from the Prohibition Bar which is situated midway between Sage Gateshead and the bus stop.
As the 27 was still a couple of pints away, this seemed like a suitable place to wait.

On stage, the Peg Powler Band were playing an appealing mix of folky western swing. Because of the lateness of the hour we only caught a couple of numbers but both were excellent.
On guitar, Ian Bartholomew - who also sang. On vocals, Sara Dennis who, I believe, earlier played uke and on fiddle Mags Forward who obviously doesn't come from Sunderland.
This made for a very pleasant end to the evening even if it wasn't exactly jazz.
Must catch them again.
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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