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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)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bright Lights and Promises - Fulfilled. Janis Ian @ The Sage.

Janis Ian (gtr/vcl).
Back in the late '70s. I worked in a record store which was where I first heard a disc of Janis Ian singing  Bright Lights and Promises. I flipped, bought the lp, and the guys in the band I was playing in at the time flipped too!
Time moved on and Janis gradually faded from our radar.
UNTIL TONIGHT!
Tonight the lady inspired a double encore from a  packed house who, including myself and keyboard player from that distant band Brian Chester, gave her a standing ovation!
Richly deserved, I hasten to add. 
This was folk music at its most melodic. The voice and the words so crystal clear, Janis' guitar accompaniment perfect and, if that wasn't enough, her stories in between the tunes kept us both laughing and near crying. The audience were intent - if someone had dropped a pin the bomb squad would have been alerted.
An absolutely wonderful session. The black curls may have been replaced by a lighter shade of grey, the husband ditched for a wife, but what counted was the voice.
Janis, we'll take Tea and Sympathy with you anytime.
Luvya.
Lance.
PS: The queue for CDs and autographs at the end of the show was the longest I've ever known at The Sage...        Janis plays the ARC Stockton on Tuesday night.
Link from Hil.

2 comments :

  1. I really missed out on this one Lance....alas.

    For the lovers of jazz who perhaps might read this can I just show you what this lady is like. Ok its certainly not jazz, but its one of 'those sort of songs' that makes an impact on you at a certain age. I thought I was that girl 'At 17'

    If you have a moment to spare in your busy lives just stop and listen to the words.

    I hope you enjoy.....Hilary, x

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oCTMcbQ1QE

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hil you would have loved it. A hypnotic personality - I was spellbound

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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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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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