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Bebop Spoken There

Trudy Kerr: "My dad sings a bit, quite well, and when he's had a few drinks, thinks he's Louis Armstrong " – (Jazz Journal May 2008).

John McDonough: "Yes I saw Coltrane close up and he sounded perfectly dreadful." – (Down Beat October 1999).

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Thursday July 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Broadway Melody - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Terrace, Tynemouth. NE30 4RE. 1:00pm. Free.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead. NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Subject: ‘Families in Jazz’.
Evening.
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7:00pm. Free.
Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NW4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.00. Alan Glen’s 80th birthday gig.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free
Tees Hot Club w.Kevin Eland & Donna Hewitt (sax) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

CD Review - Zara McFarlane: Until Tomorrow

Zara McFarlane (vcl); Peter Edwards (pno); Nick Walsh (bs); Andy Chapman (dms); Binker Goldings, Camilla George, Zern Adu (saxes).
This is an impressive debut album - most singers would choose to go down the Gasbook road to get established but Zara is more than just a mere singer she is a composer and lyricist to boot! And boot it she does too when the number demands it. However, more often than not, it's a soft, fur-lined slipper that she uses to cajole things along. The voice is softly subtle and caressing, entwining the words around you, making you feel that you are part of the song
Behind her the musicians riff with a sort of New Orleans post Katrina intensity - full of soul and, so the blurb tells me, eclectic nu-soul! Well Hallelujah Lord because I haven't got a clue what eclectic nu-soul is all about but if it's what Zara is laying down I'll buy it!
Until Tomorrow by Zara McFarlane is available from Oct 10, 2011, on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. Album launch at MOMO, London on Thursday (Oct. 6) Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Just a reminder to get your ticket for Zara McFarlane performing at The Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 19th October 2011. £6 adv £8 door http://www.wegottickets.com/event/136391

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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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