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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.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Claire Martin @ Early Music Centre, York. Sunday 21 Nov.

We don't see many female jazz singers of this calibre here in York so it was a pleasure to go along to this Sunday afternoon treat. This was a one set only gig which lasted one and a quarter hours kicking off with the dynamic and exciting Gareth Williams playing Cole Porter's Everything I Love a new one on me but with the Porter stamp all over it. Gareth had forgotten his music actually but no worries as here was a jazz pianist who had it all in his head and at his fingertips. Described elsewhere as a "triumph of Welsh wizardry" he was completly wrapped up in his work.
Claire then came on looking wonderfully casual in black setting the standard with a bluesy rendition of another new one on me Breaking up my Duron Shoes.
Two Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen numbers followed. The gorgeous I Thought About You and the equally entrancing But Beautiful. Claire's voice; full of light and shade, bending notes, enthralling to watch , always in command. She then gave us the Burton Lane/ Alan J Lerner's Come Back To Me a favourite of hers from her younger days listening to Sammy Davis's version.
More goodies included A Weaver of Dreams Carmen McRae style, and When I Fall in Love from a Richard Rodney Bennett arrangement. My particular fave followed It Could Happen to You. After a bit of short seasonal fare with Winter Wonderland and The Christmas Song which she invited us to singalong with, it was back to Cheek to Cheek with a nod to Strictly, and finally a storming Perdido (Spanish for lost), this being her best number in my opinion. What I liked about Claire was the way she introduced each number by naming the composer/lyricist. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in November.

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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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