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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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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 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!
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. 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.
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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