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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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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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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tina May & Nikki Iles “Raising the Bar” @ Highgate Jazz & Blues Festival. August 25

Tina May (vcl); Nikki Iles (pno) + Brandon Allen (ten)
(Review by Flore - pictured with Tina left and Nikki right)
The musical pairing of Tina and Nikki was inspired by the angels but, here on Earth, the invitation came from Sheffield Jazz  who invited Tina to sing with the Nikki Iles Trio in October 1995.
The rest is history.
Lauderdale House’s  Long Gallery provided an intimate setting for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.
The first set offered a mélange of variety.
Make Someone Happy – seamless changes of tempo. Sun Shower (Kenny Barron) – call and response passages exquisitely defined. Change of Sky (Springer/Harburg) – title track from their first CD together only one word for it – exquisite!
The Touch of Your Lips - a sensitive handling that lead to Brandon Allen, who had been listening attentively,  dashing to join them waving his tenor sax with much enthusiasm before adding his own brand of spice to the brew of … Body and Soul – further  flavours from Tina with a sprinkling of scat.
Daahoud – harnessing the energy from the previous piece to lift us from our seats and ready to cool down.
Suitably cooled, the second set began with Tina’s original composition … Bop Till You Drop. Another seamless change of mood …‘Round Midnight.
A shake of the kaleidoscope and we were treated to a tribute to Norma Winstone ... Ladies in Mercedes. Speak Low (Kurt Weill) – signaled more mood changes. By this time I was trying to absorb a cornucopia of sounds and rhythms to hear Tina after an introduction to draw everything together for an  A capella version of  Come Sunday from Ellington’s Black Brown and Beige Suite which segued into the final Take the A Train. This sent the audience chattering and grinning happily down Highgate Hill to get the A Train at Archway tube station.
There were other items in the programme that I've omitted for the sake of conciseness but it was a great evening.
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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