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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

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.

Friday, May 11, 2012

CD Review: Nicky Schrire - Freedom Flight.

Nicky Schrire (vcl); Nick Paul (pno); Sam Anning (bs); Jake Goldback(dms/perc); + Paul Jones (ten on 2 tracks); Jay Rattman (clt on 2 tracks); Brian Adler (perc 1 track); Peter Eldridge (pno 1 track, vcls 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
London born, South Africa raised resident of New York City Schrire (pronounced Shruy-er) displays elements of all three countries in this her début CD.
Opening up with the title number that segues into the Beatles Blackbird - yes that tune's turned up again - her British roots are catered for and South Africa is represented by Jo'burg based Carlo Mombelli's Me, the Mango Picker. Stateside material is provided by Lerner and Lowe's If Ever I Should Leave You, Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's All Right and several others including some compositions of her own.
It's not an easy voice to pigeon-hole which speaks volumes for her originality. It is however, without doubt, a voice I'd list under jazz even though the choice of tunes is far removed from most vocalists' repertoire. Schrire seemingly effortlessly, and frequently wordlessly, gets to the heart of each number stripping it bare and re-shaping it into something new.
Listen also to Paul Jones' tenor solo on the aforementioned Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - it sure is!
To find out more go to www.nickyschrire.com  or check out YouTube.
Nicky Schrire: Freedom Flight. Circavision ProductionsCDP884-2 is set for release on May 22, 2012.
A special album release concert will take place at Cornelia St., Café, NYC at 8:30pm on June 6.
Lance.

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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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