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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pink Martini @ The Sage - An intoxicating Cocktail of Joy!

The violin gently cajoled us into Ravel's Bolero. The horns took it up, the rhythm kept it going, and the scene was set.
The fans in the well-filled Hall One may have sighed with disappointment when they were told that China - the legendary China Forbes - wasn't on the gig but, the moment replacement Storm Large strutted on stage, China was history.
Tall and statuesque - Venus with arms - Storm took the auditorium by - wait for it - Storm - a large one!
Was it Amore Mia she opened up with? I don't know 'cept it was mucho appreciato!.
Brenda Sokell would have loved Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, (sung in Spanish) as indeed I did myself but the highlight of this set was Splendour in the Grass.with it's diversion into something by, I think, Tchaikovsky. It was sung superbly and the hall erupted with delight. Anna, a baion from a Gina Lollobrigida movie, was just one of the many hand-clapping numbers and I felt like dancing in the aisles. So many moments it's impossible to list them all but The Carioca, the Sing, Sing, Sing type number and Concerto for Trumpet - a piece by that master of the concerto, Harry James - showcasing the band's own trumpet man (was it Gavin? I didn't catch many names) who displayed the same wide vibrato beloved of the former Mr Grable - were some of them . The trombonist too had his moments but this wasn't a jazz gig, it wasn't even at the cutting edge of Latin music; where it was was at the forefront of entertainment - there have been few concerts of any genre that I have enjoyed more - one of the encores, What'll I Do?, is still running through my mind.
This ten piece Martini left me both shaken and stirred!

1 comment :

Brian Chester said...

Great revue Lance, can't remember the last time I felt so emotional at a concert. This band must have a massive following and yet I had not heard of them till 2 weeks ago. They would be great on Later but Jools Holland mustn't have heard of them either

Brian Chester

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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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