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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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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 24, 2013

Take it to the Bridge (second set) @ The Chillingham. August 21

Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals), Don Forbes (trumpet), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass) & Norman Redhead (drums) + Dave Stephens (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
A prior commitment resulted in our late arrival at the Chilli. The boys in the band were taking “five”. Had the interval just commenced? When would the second set start? We were on Weisser Time, so it was anyone’s guess. Big Lamp Prince Bishop was the order at the bar – a quality beer, if ever there was one.
The second set flew by. Barrie Ascroft’s keyboards sounded good (less bright than usual), five string bassist Ray Truscott flew across the frets and Don Forbes’ bop trumpet poured forth a tidal wave of notes (all in the right order). Green Bossa, Tenderly and Estate formed the basis of the set and in typical fashion workshop leader Dave Weisser offered muted trumpet, warm flugel and well-crafted lyrics. Norman Redhead handled the bossa material with ease and, as is the way at the Chilli, guitarist Dave Stephens dropped in for one number. Stephens said he would be back. Here’s hoping he will return, we need to hear more.     
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.
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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