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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 June 23

Evening
Paul Skerritt Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7 (£6 in advance).
Box Wallet - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
SouLutions - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £7.
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Hot Club du Nord - Queens Hall, Hexham - SOLD OUT!
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Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. 7:30pm. £7.50.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Monday, May 07, 2012

Gabriele mit drei @ The Bridge Hotel. Sunday May 6

Gabriele Heller (vocals), Paul Beck (piano), Steve Glendinning (guitar) & Dave Parker (double bass).
(Review by Russell)
Gabriele Heller is a graduate of Lindsay Hannon’s jazz vocal class at The Sage. I first came across Gabi when she sat in at Dave Weisser’s jazz workshop at The Chillingham. 
First impressions were good; a presence, dark, low register vocal delivery, eager to play with the lyric. Since that first hearing Heller has gigged intermittently, picking up a band along the way. She combines an exploration of early or ‘classic’ jazz vocal styles, the blues, well-chosen standards and a smattering of original compositions. An invitation to perform at Splinter at The Bridge represented a significant development in her fledgling career as a jazz singer.
The set at The Bridge kicked-off with Darktown Strutters’ Ball (I’m sure I’ve heard Ms.Hannon do this one). Splinter audiences don’t get to hear material from the tumultuous twenties ‘jazz age’- the musicians studiously avoid it but I wonder…what if some of the north east’s superb young instrumentalists and vocalists took a look at this stuff? I’d be willing to bet there would be some interesting results! 
Guitarist Steve Glendinning featured on his own composition Broken Silence (lyrics Heller), pianist Paul Beck laid down a blues feel on Imagination and Heller scored top marks with her Weimar German/English lyrics on Falling in Love Again. The set drew to a close with Old Devil Moon. I love the tune and comparisons are said to be odious but, hey Gabi, this one belongs to Ruth Lambert! 
Second set. Lullaby of Birdland. Now you’re talking Gabi! This was the undoubted highlight of the evening. It swung, great vocal, piano and guitar. Inch Worm worked with Beck and Heller prominent and a Heller original – Don’t Mess Around with Me – was pure Berlin cabaret (more good guitar from Glendinning and sympathetic accompaniment from bassist Dave Parker). Heller has an obvious affinity with the vocal style of Billie Holiday and working without a drummer is a brave move (a good drummer can make anything swing). Heller’s approach is certainly different and how things will develop is anyone’s guess. Gabriele Heller is at The Jazz Café on Saturday 2 June (9:00 pm-ish).
Russell.          

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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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