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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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Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 1: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Sage Gateshead - March 31

Dean Stockdale (piano), Gavin Barras (double bass) & Adam Dawson (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dean Stockdale’s opening night ‘late night’ performance on the concourse at Sage Gateshead was a difficult act to pull off. Festival concert goers ensconced in the halls were oblivious to a piano trio set of swinging standards and original tunes. Stockdale, regularly working either end of the M6, has a new album on the way and took the opportunity to unveil some of it at this year’s Gateshead Jazz Festival.

Having earlier exited one of the halls your reviewer caught a few numbers by Stockdale and his M6 (west of the Pennines) bass and drums team of Gavin Barras and Adam Dawson. Situated below a concrete ceiling and behind a ‘no access’ tape in front of the stage the trio worked hard to generate an atmosphere. Stockdale previewed several tracks from the forthcoming CD. Pike Place is a tune that Tynesiders have heard on more than one occasion in recent months, it serves to illustrate the composing talents of Stockdale and both Barras and Dawson made a strong contribution to it. The spirit of Oscar Peterson was, and is, ever present in Stockdale’s playing. A performance deserving of a larger audience. 
Russell.

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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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