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Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00. ‘The Gala Big Band Does Christmas’. SOLD OUT!

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ruth Lambert @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Jeremy McMurray (pno), John Pope (bs), Adam Sinclair (dms).
It gives me a good feeling when I see a room full of people at a jazz gig as, Time After Time, it isn't always so. However, tonight - even though there was No Moon At All we had You (Ruth) and the Night and the Music (J.McMurray Trio).
You Don't Know What Love is until you've heard Ruth sing it or tasted the Potato and Poached Egg Salad with Crispy Pancetta.
It wasn't the pale moon that excited me, that thrilled and delighted me - oh no it was the Double Lamb Chop with Bubble and Squeak and, of course, Ruth emoting The Nearness of You.
Ruth opted for Black Coffee a la Peggy Lee whilst I went for a bottle of Black Sheep a la Masham. Both hit the spot.
Love Me Or Leave Me, taken at the fashionably fast tempo singers prefer to do it at these days, swung like crazy.
This was a night of classic food and classic songs with Ruth, despite coming in on the tails of a migraine, as adventurous as the menu whilst Jeremy, John and Adam were solid throughout - unlike the Mulled Winter Fruit with Vanilla Ice Cream they didn't Crumble.
My Romance, Jimmy Dorsey's immortal love song - I'm Glad There Is You - Almost Like Being In Love and How Insensitive just some of the others.
Long may the Cherry Tree continue to present good food and good music.
Lance.

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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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