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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Madeleine Peyroux @ The Sage, Gateshead. Monday May 1.

Madeleine Peyroux (vcl/gtr); Gary Vercase (keys); John Harrington (gtr); Barack(?) Murray (bs); Darren Beckett (dms).
What can you say about Peyroux? She's got a vocal sound that first captured me when I heard Dance Me To The End Of Love on her Careless Love CD.
That sound was very much in evidence tonight in front of a well-attended Sage Hall One. Put a band of A-listers alongside her and you have the perfect recipe for enjoyment.
And yet...
...I came away feeling ever so slightly let down - as if I expected Cloud 7 (which I did) and only made it to Cloud number 5.  The material, particularly early on in her set was just so samey - a criticism that has been heard before - and it did begin to pall. In fact it wasn't until the last couple of numbers that the jazzier element emerged - an I Hear Music where she introduced the band and a Ja-Da based number that got a nice groove going.
However, the crowd enjoyed it all and, with reservations, so did I.
Earlier, guitar/vocalist R.J.Thompson did a 30 minute support set. That's the difference between an out and out jazz gig and the fringier ones - the latter invariably have a support act.
This is no reflection on RJ who I have heard before in a similar role - he does it well.
Lance.
PS: Am I alone in longing for the days when singers were singers and songwriters were songwriters - apart from Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael !?

1 comment :

  1. Completely with you on your post script... On a lesser gripe I feel that singers should sing and not play at the same time, they often sound better doing one thing rather than 2! Louis Amstrong never played and sang at the same time!

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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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