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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 29.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Caro Emerald - Sage Gateshead. Doors 7pm. £51.06/£37.67/£24.19. VIP package £134.38.
Joe Stilgoe's Big Band Bonanza - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham TS23 2LJ.7:30pm. £22. 01642 552663. w. Madeline Bell and Anthony Strong. A BBC Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night' concert.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Polly Gibbons & The James Pearson Trio @ Cadogan Hall August 8.

Polly Gibbons (vcl); James Pearson (pno); Arnie Somogyi (bs); Matt Skelton (dms).
(Review by Flore)
As usual Cadogan Hall was well attended the for the weekly Out To Lunch Jazz Series. This week it featured Polly Gibbons with the James Pearson Trio who opened up with C Jam Blues. Pearson, the house pianist at Ronnie’s, is a prodigious talent who played in the style of several pianists even down to grunting like Keith Jarrett.  The Way You Look Tonight,  very much in the Erroll Garner style, concluded with some inspired work by Somogyi and Skelton.
Enter Polly Gibbons.
I wasn't familiar with the attractive 25 year old but from the opening bars of Almost Like Being in Love I knew we were in for a treat. Taken up tempo Polly sailed through the song her individuality immediately apparent.
The tempo slowed for The Meaning of the Blues. A soulful rendition that displayed the rich timbre of her voice. Behind her, Somogyi’s smokingly dirging bass supported her totally.
Bye Bye Blackbird was done very much tongue in cheek and the audience loved it.
Second set had the trio playing They Can’t Take That Away From me (or as Eddie Thompson used  to say They Can’t Take me Away From That!)
Polly returned for a Blues followed by an unusual take on Love For Sale that led to Pray from her album What’s The Reason?
The big finish came with Georgia on my Mind and Honeysuckle Rose. We left knowing we’d experienced a rare talent that deserves to be heard more often. And, of course, not forgetting the supporting trio. Somogyi is some bass player – he could leave his bass in my airing cupboard anytime.
Flore.

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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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