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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ray Dales w. James Harrison Trio @ Sage Gateshead. August 16

Ray Dales (alt); James Harrison (pno); Anthony Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms). + Bob Caswell (vcl).
I laughingly said this could be my gig of the year and then, suddenly, I wasn't laughing - this one was going to be damn close to being a contender!
It was an absolute dream. Ray Dales is just such a beautiful alto player - Benny Carter/Charlie Parker lives beneath his fingers. This gig shouldn't have been on the Concourse - it should have been Hall 2 eying Hall 1.
In a perfect world.
What we got was awesome alto, pulsating piano alongside  a rhythm section that did them justice  and swung.
The die was cast with Dale's blast on I Got Rhythm. It may be the most overused section of changes but it's also the one that produces the best results! Sunny, more alto excellence then Now's The Time and this was the time for young Harrison to throw his hat into the ring. The bopometer was high. It rose even higher with our young maestro's solo on Lady Be Good.
Dalesy too was at the top of his game - I'll Remember April was pure Bird Lives. Lovely to hear Our Day Will Come again. A timely reminder that this was one of the great oft overlooked standards that Matt Monro championed.
Much more. Bass and drums never faltered. Both soloed effectively. Veteran crooner Bob Caswell sang a couple to open up the second set - Don't Get Around Much Anymore and My Funny Valentine. He's still got it. Bravo to all concerned and lovely to meet Cathy from California and her friend Paul from South Shields. Watch out for photos from Paul..
This was a good good gig.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks Lance :) What a review and what a night at The Sage, and all for free! Pity their names weren't up when all those people came out of the Halls...
    Fantastic entertainment. Thanks for coming and for the wonderful review/
    Elaine :)

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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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