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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 Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Playtime Collective @ The Jazz Cafe – March 25

Martin Kershaw (alto sax); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This was an amazingly good Jazz North East gig which just got better and better as the night progressed. The quartet play together fortnightly in an upstairs bar in Edinburgh (The Outhouse) where the evenings take on themes not only featuring jazz greats such as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett but also themes such as film nights or TV programmes. For example, there was a glorious rendition of the Match of the Day theme then a merger of 2 children’s favourites The Magic Roundbarb and Custardabout (aka The Magic Roundabout and Rhubarb and Custard).
Tom Bancroft was both informative and self-effacing with his very humorous introductions. He informed the audience that the first ever tune Martin Kershaw had written for the band was called Irritant and Bancroft suggested that it was inspired by himself. As you would expect from such fine musicians (all bandleaders in their own right) the quality of the musicianship was superb. However, what I enjoyed most about the gig was that, although the band had their own distinctive sound, the variety and style of songs that they played always kept me interested and entertained. I am certainly looking forward to seeing them again whenever they return or failing that as a good excuse to visit Edinburgh.
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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