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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.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lindsay Hannon Plus @ The Sage. October 23

Lindsay Hannon (vocals), Alan Law (keyboards), John Pope (double bass) & Mark Robertson (drums).
The Sage's vast Concourse area on a Sunday lunchtime can be an unforgiving place to perform. The acoustics don't encourage the intimate ballad, the sound can get lost in the ether and diners aren't always there to listen. Throw in unsuspecting visitors (on this occasion a Gerrman concert band on route to an engagement in Whitley Bay) and the prospect of a successful gig isn't great.
The appearance of Lindsay Hannon and her trio dispelled any such reservations. Hannon chose numbers from a wide and varied repetoire and was more than ably supported by three of the north east's most experienced musicians. Cy Coleman's Why Try to Change Me Now? featured sensitive accompaniment form pianist Alan Law and on the Harry Warren/Mack Gordon standard There Will Never Ever Be Another You, Law, bassist John Pope and drummer Mark Robertson really did swing it. George Shearing's Lullaby of Birdland offered solo opportunities to Pope and Law as Hannon handled the lyric with panache. A John Pope intro signalled a rollicking good take on A Night in Tunisia and vocalist Hannon concluded the hour-long set singing So Long, Big Time! A good set and, by and large, the audience listened and showed their appreciation. The Lindsay Hannon Plus can be heard across the Tyne in the Jazz Cafe next Saturday (October 29).
Russell .

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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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