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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

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

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.


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?

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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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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