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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Friday June 22

Afternoon

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

Alice Grace Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ushaw Ensemble - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Emma Fisk & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. 7:30pm. £7.00

Julija Jacenaite Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

Q&A: Eric Burdon & Hilton Valentine - Castle Gate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle NE1 2JQ. Tel: 0191 233 2288. 7:00pm. £30.00. (£50.00. VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ inc glass of fizz & photo with Burdon & Valentine). Tex Leon & Friends will perform at the event.

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

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.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brenda Sokell - The Singing Pensioner

Singing Pensioners is the rather unfortunate title given to a talent show currently running on the Alan Titchmarsh Show. Not that I've got anything against pensioners - I'm one myself. However, it doesn't do the entrants justice. Local lass Brenda Sokell, a name not unknown to this blog, looked anything but a lady of venerable years as she sang Cry Me A River.
The judges decreed it was a fine performance and Brenda is now in the Final.
Well done Brenda.
Lance.

5 comments :

Liz said...

yes I wish they would not use that word "pensioners" as many people are in receipt of pensions, young & old. Better yet to say seniors or senior citizens when referring to older people. I have made this point to my local newspaper to no avail.In fact why differentiate at all?
Liz

Lance said...

I totally agree, Liz, however, let's not detract from the main issue which is a fine performance by a local lass on national TV.

Ian said...

Bren is a fantastic singer, I wish I had been told about this earlier, lets all make sure we vote for her not just because she is a local lass but because she has a fantastic voice.

Lance said...

I don't think it's a vote thing but one decided by the three judges.

Brenda Sokell said...

Hi Lance, just wanted to thank you again for your mention of me in the Singing Pensioner contest. I had a fantastic time on the show and the next day recording at Pinewood Studios to record "White Christmas" with the Chelps. Everyone involved in organising the show and the recording were really helpful and supportive. Tim (my husband) came with me this time (he was to nervous the first time, ha,ha)
I have a cop of the song and it sounds great. It's being released live on the AT show Monday 13th December. Wouldn't it be amazing if it went to no.1 for Christmas!
I hope at least it will get me opportunities for more interesting work. Thanks again and to everyone who supported me. Brenda x

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
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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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