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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

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

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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.
Liz.

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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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