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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Clare Teal @ Theatre Royal York. March 23.

well the lady was on top form last night, playing to a packed and hugely enthusiastic audience. She just bounced in with all the verve we have learnt to expect from her, surely Clare is at the top of her profession just now. Her band were simply outstanding , Grant Windsor, keyboard/arranger, Ben Reynolds drums ; Simon Little bass. They also did some great harmonies throughout. So well rehearsed, they played in perfect harmony...and they all had such fun! For me I would have liked more standards, swingy ones too, as they were good at swing..her tribute to Anita O'Day was superb, Tea For Two at about 300 mph! 
Also I loved I Loves You Porgy and If I Were a Bell. Apart from those faves of mine, there was a fine selection of lesser known stuff which although unfamiliar to me were nevertheless never short of thrilling. Of course what Clare also does best is her chatty repartee in between numbers, always tongue in cheek and very laid back. She also mentioned her new Album Hey Ho, apparently a Gasbook tribute, but I heard no real evidence of it, which for me was a disappointment. Still you get your full money's worth with M/s Teal and we left on a high.
Liz.

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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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