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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 17, 2011

CD Review - Buddy Greco Live at The Sands. MANY HAPPY RETURNS BUDDY!

Tony Bennett may be a bigger household name but Buddy Greco, celebrating his 85th birthday today, has been around almost as long (I think he's 2 months younger than Tony) with a much jazzier feel to his singing and, of course, he is a fine pianist too. I've heard Buddy live several times over the last few years and despite the passage of time the voice is still there.
This previously unreleased album however, is a totally different ball game. Recorded live in 1967 at The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Buddy Greco was at his absolute peak. As Francis Albert says in the notes - "Buddy can make anything swing - nobody comes close in that department." and Frank knows a thing or two about swinging at The Sands and he had Count Basie to help him along!
This is an album to rank alongside Live at Mr Kelly's - it would seem as though live performances bring out the very best in BG - with the added bonus of a big band punching things along.
I Didn't Know What Time it Was, Satin Doll, The Very Thought of You and the inevitable, Lady is a Tramp just some of the vocal gems with Tenderly (shades of Oscar) a delightful piano feature.
The album is due for release today (October 17) to coincide with his 85th birthday. Without doubt this is the definitive Buddy Greco live experience.
Lance.
Buddy Greco - Live at The Sands. BNL records -www.buddygreco.com 

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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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