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Bebop Spoken There

Alicia Hall Moran: “I would go to hear Jason's band play and I'd say "Y'all hot!" But they came out wearing these casual, saggy outfits, putting music out with these not-attractive outfits like they were going on interviews for jobs they didn't want.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Shabaka Hutchings: “You have to get the funding to come here [New York], and then there's getting the proper visa to play, which costs more than we get paid.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Today Friday April 20

Afternoon

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - Gala Theatre, Durham, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00. SOLD OUT!

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Alice Grace Trio - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH. Tel: 0191 373 8500. 7:30pm. 7.00.

Ubunye - Frosterley Village Hall, Front Street, Frosterley DL13 2QW. Tel: 01388 526632. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs., ££5.00. child, £25.00. family).

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Mo Scott Band @ The Globe, January 11

Mo Scott (vocals); Gary Dunn (guitar); Neil Harland (bass guitar); Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
‘Tyneside’s First Lady of the Blues’ declared the Globe publicity, and last night’s performance showed that to be undoubtedly the truth. The First Lady strutted her stuff with all the stops out. Gary on guitar did stunning solo work, Neil was the steady and strong bass, and the drums played as if there was no tomorrow. And it wasn’t just blues from this band, but rock, jazz, country, and even a touch of ska.
 Let Your Hair Down Baby demanded Mo to start the show, followed by a gutsy You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog, which was far, far better than the version by Elvis, complete with canine-like wails from the guitar. I thought the guitar couldn’t get better, but it did on Fever. Then a complete change to the tenderness of Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child, soulfully sung. It was good to hear so many songs which were either written or made famous by women, such as Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, and sung to a ska beat as well.  Next came Lone Star, a country song by Norah Jones, with an easy, smooth, relaxing tune. Back to the men, with B.B. King’s Never Make Your Move Too Soon and then Love Letters, first sung by Nat King Cole.  Back to blues, with a new one to me, Son House’s Don’t Mind People Grinnin’ In Your Face, and also When The Sun Rose This Morning. This last number ended the first half, so no holds were barred, ending with a last impassioned chorus from Mo.

The second half opened with a real rocker You Never can Tell. (Such a versatile band, I wonder what they’d do to the National Anthem, just a thought!) The guitar teased some interesting sounds from the electronic box attached, an intriguing squelchy sound, and deep tones, during this number, followed by a long sequence of riffs and grooves from the drums and guitar. Back to the women for Cry Myself to Sleep, a country song written by mother and daughter band Judd. Yellow Moon was feelingly sung, with stirring effects on drums. Then came Otis Redding’s (Sitting on the)  Dock Of The Bay; Love Me Like A Man; Little Winged (from the band only); Ray Charles’s Unchain My Heart; then Mo told us I Won’t Go Down That Big Road By Myself, before the final number, Rock Me Baby, which brought a great evening’s music to a more than satisfactory end.

Ann Alex

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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.
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