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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 03, 2011

Claire Kelly Quartet @ The Cherry Tree

Claire Kelly (vcl); Stuart Findon (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs).
There are many skills in life that I have yet to acquire and one of these is dealing with Grilled Gambas. These monsters of the deep come encased in a shell that would do credit to an Armadillo making the consumption of the delicacy a skill that can only be acquired through years of practice. It is worth the effort though as, when served with Piri Piri Butter and Garden Leaves, it is a very tasty starter indeed.
Also very tasty tonight was Ms Kelly in a gown that matched the backdrop.
Lots of good tunes including; All or Nothing at All; I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (duo with Mark); Stella By Starlight; Love me or Leave me; I'm Beginning to See the Light, Benny Golson's Whisper Not and my favourite Jobim song - Aqua de Beber.
For my main course I opted for Pork Loin with Stewed Peppers, Olives and Fondant Potatoes. The Stewed Peppers were appropriate as, on stage, Stu Findon was blowing tenor like Art Pepper occasionally did. Both were very digestible!
After the interval, things moved up a gear. The balance was better and, with the old Sinatra favourite At Long Last Love, the swinging became serious and with Andy and Mark who needs a drummer?
Blackberry Tart and Almond Ice Cream was cool and so was Blossom Dearie's Rhode Island is Famous For You. The Cherry Tree, of course, is famous for good food and good music and tonight was no exception although next time I'll start with soup!
Lance.

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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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