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Bebop Spoken There

June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Thursday October 27.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Gerry Richardson Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Don Forbes Sextet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (ten); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ted Pearce (keys)P; Mark Hawkins (dms). - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7pm (ish). Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 05, 2011

CD Review: Alexander Stewart - All or Nothing at All

It was a couple of years ago when Alexander Stewart burst into my existence at The Spice of Life and completely knocked me out with his set.
Later, my parochial loyalties were stretched to the limit when he took on local boy Jason Isaacs in the final of the TV People's Crooner Competition.
Since then he has appeared at London's coolest music venues including Ronnie's, Pizza, Hideaway etc so it was only a matter of time before Alexander Stewart's work was captured on CD - hopefully the first of many.
The obvious comparison is with Michael Bublé and with no disrespect to the Canadian - who is a favourite of mine - I feel that Stewart captures the legacy of his spiritual mentors (Sinatra, Bennett etc) better and adds a dash of his own angostura to the mix. The selection of songs is impeccable - No Moon at All, Young at Heart, Easy To Love, All The Way to mention but a few. Paul Simon's Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover is a surprising but effective choice.
The Alex Webb Trio, Webb on piano, Gary Crosby and Andy Chapman on bass and drums respectively, give solid backing with some dazzling alto from Nat Facey providing the icing on the cake.
An outstanding vocal disc.
Check Alexander out here.
Alexander Stewart - All or Nothing at All distributed by Proper Note Distribution. Released today -Sept. 5, 2011.

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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.)
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