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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tony Bennett BBC 2

More documentary than performance, I don't think it quite came off although that is not to say it wasn't watchable.
Despite shots of Tony performing at the 2005 Montreal Jazz Festival they were infuriatingly interspersed with all manner of 'historical' references to the song - usually involving Fred Astaire (not that I've anything against Fred Astaire and the others) and, in truth, despite the pre-program blurb, the only jazz came from the unidentified musicians in the accompanying group.
Having said all that, the bel canto voice of yore may have gone but, to my ears, the husky croak that is its replacement puts over a lyric with much more feeling and sensitivity than the original ever did.
This is one fine vino that has definitely matured with age and hopefully will continue to do so for some time to come.


Liz said...

Well, I did enjoy it of course, how could you not? I did feel though that there was too much talking & not enough singing. The way they kept interjecting was irritable.
It makes me almost want to cry for what we have lost in superb entertainers. The clips of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mel Brooks, these were the people I grew up with, they were giants in the world of entertainment, how fortunate to have lived though it, as there is just no one to touch them. I did think his voice showed flaws as he got older, but always he interpreted the lyric the way the writer meant it to be, just as Sinatra did. He only sang the best too, making every performance fresh, and he looked at all times as though he was really enjoying himself. A humble man who endeared you to him for that very reason. I thought that Clint Eastwood came over in a lovely relaxed fashion, they gelled well.

Roly said...

Enjoyed it although a bit too 'drooling' for me. The guitarist is Gray Sargent - has been part of his gigging quartet for a while now I think. Looks a bit like Tal Farlow. Rather surprised at Bill Evan's medallion (how curious)- would never have thought of him as 'medallion man' but there you go.
Jimmy Durante was the star of the show?

Hil said...

Tony still holds magic for me. My daughter and I sat often with tears in our eyes during the programme.
I agree they did talk too much during his songs. Why the heck do they feel the need to keep interrupting? did their Mams never tell them it was rude?
The lovely song bird Anne(now living in France) and I saw Tony at the City Hall about 10 yrs(?) ago. We had the corner seats on the balcony as the best had all been sold. Although you know what folks, we had the best seats in the house, we were over looking the stage, and Tony stood and made eye contact and sung to 'just us' on more than one occasion during the performance.
I will never forget that night for the rest of my was wonderful.

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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.
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