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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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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl); Tony Winder (ten/sop/clt); Terry Dalton (tmb); Roy Gibson (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms) + Ann Alex (vcl); Neville (comedy).
(Review by Lance).
It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing saw the Jazz Esquires hit the ground running. On their day they are reminiscent of one of the later Lyttleton bands and, I'm pleased to say, this was one of those days. Miles threw in the vocal on this and most numbers and there were good solos all round. Miles took the vocal again on Undecided - that Charlie Shavers classic with it's triple rhymed middle eight - 
I've been sitting on a fence/And it doesn't make much sense/'Cause you keep me in suspense/And you know it.

On drums, ex Squadronaire, Laurie Brown - surely the 'Last of The Few' - drove things along culminating with an idiomatic solo.
Moonglow, 9-20 Special and Bernie's Tune, taken faster than the Mulligan version with a cracking solo from Roy and crisp brushwork a la Chico from Laurie. followed before a well-earned break..
The rhythm section stayed on stage for Laura and Fascinating Rhythm then  BSH 's Women's Editor, Ann Alex, sang A Foggy Day and Bye Bye Blackbird. In the absence of Teresa the only thing that could follow this was a stand-up routine from a guy called Neville who drew some hearty guffaws from the audience.
The second set opened with Tiger Rag and it occurred to me that, back in 1918, this was probably the equivalent of today's Improv Music!
Blues March saw Tony Winder and Terry Dalton playing some stirring solos. Robin and Bill also "Told the Truth" in their solos. Tony,  incidentally, has acquired a 1924 Conn soprano sax - a very tasty horn indeed. 
The White Cliffs of Dover, Buena Sera and Angel Eyes finished off the session for those of us catching the 3pm ferry for South Shields leaving us with the knowledge that mainstream jazz/swing is alive and well on Tyneside.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks once again for your comments Lance.
    I just want to say that after something like
    twenty years at the Porthole I couldn,t play
    with a happier swinging bunch of guys. In my
    old age (79 next month) I look forward to the
    session every week. If anyone wants to smile
    and tap their feet with us please visit:
    THE PORTHOLE FERRY LANDING NORTH SHIELDS.

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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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