Bebop Spoken There
Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).
Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
2: Can I be honest and say I don’t recall you with Man Tran? I remember Janet and Laurel so maybe you were there before them? If that was the case, going by your photo today you must have been 6 years old!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Zoe Gilby: Travellin' Blues, Way Down in the Hole, In the Warm Room, Waters of March. Letting Zoe open the show is is in effect saying "Follow that!" In particular her opening blues was a mega performance that got the evening off to loud applause.
Claire Kelly: Rhode Island is Famous For You, Mr Ugly, Let's Slip Away, At Long Last Love. Claire picked up the gauntlet unhesitatingly. She's taken Giant Steps since I first heard her at the Jazz Café - not least in stage presence. Gowned, as was Zoe, Claire looked good and sounded good - her version of Rhode Island was brilliant and it isn't an easy song to sing. I recall hearing Blossom Dearie do it on YouTube. Same relaxed feel to it.
Lindsay Hannon: Nature Boy, Blue Motel, Why Try to Change me Now?, But Beautiful. Vocal coach Lindsay disproves the old theory that those who can do and those who can't teach! Joni Mitchell's Blue Motel came across as a poignant lament whilst Why Try to Change me Now? was laid back yet with an infectious lilt to it. Fashion-wise Lindsay opted for minimilism.
Ruth Lambert: If You Don't Go, Love Me Like a Man, Wild is the Wind, Good Bait. Ruth began low key - almost as casual as the jeans she wore - building up to an awesome finale on Good Bait. Tremendous performance. Ruth, incidentally, can be heard again tonight (Monday May 23) at The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.
It goes without saying that the rhythm section of Stu Collingwood (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Richard Brown (dms) gave the singers superb backing as well as soloing well in their own right. Suggestion for next time - and there surely must be a next time - a four girl finale say Four Brothers a la Man Tran re-titled Four Sisters?
PS: Marianne Faithfull is going to have it all to do at The Sage tonight!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
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Monday, May 16, 2011
From the moment I heard the Four Freshmen and Five Trombones playing Day By Day I was hooked. The harmonies were so cool and just perfect for those heady days of Kenton and Christy and Mulligan and Shelly.
Bob Flanigan played bass and trombone and sang the top-line admitting they were just beyond his range - maybe - they still sound good to me.
This is an interview that adds an insight into the group, and Bob, who died today.
However, if your tastes are more eclectic, down the road apiece at the Corner House, Heaton, the Vieux Carré Jazzmen strut their stuff from around a quarter to nine.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
YouTube clips courtesy of Adrian Tilbrook.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I met him through books.
He came from Carlisle
with that intense and craggy look.
We studied life together,
smoked Full Strength and sipped Real Ale.
He liked his women big.
I learnt from him to visit pubs at lunchtimes
to end up pissed in lectures
but, most of all
to read the letters of Van Gogh,
the diaries of Franz Kafka,
to go inside the jazz
of Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor.
David told me that ‘Most people are thick’
and, as a socialist of a kind,
I sometimes think he had a point.
I wonder where he is today.
Back across country I surmise,
smoking and looking at the sunrise
with a fat woman kissing his neck,
listening to Mingus and the sky.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Enrico will be joining us for our show at the Theatre by the Lake on Sunday afternoon, 15 May, between 3 and 5.30pm.
Tickets and general information are available via the Festival website: http://www.theatrebythelake.co.uk/whatson_detail.asp?ID=123
If you can’t make it there, Enrico will also be appearing with the band at the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday, 18 and 19 June, at the Town Hall.
The Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival website is: http://www.kirkcudbrightjazzfestival.co.uk/
We hope you can join us for one of these sessions.
The New Century Ragtime Orchestra
"Hi Lance. You may have already heard but Kevin Savin died yesterday (May 12) in Spain. He moved there when he retired some years ago and had spent the last few weeks in a hospice. Kevin was a really good banjo player and played with the Bill Croft Jazzmen during the 1950's before having short spells with various other bands. Unfortunately his committments with his day-time job prevented him from playing on a regular basis, but he never lost interest in the music. He will be sadly missed by all his friends in the UK.
This is indeed sad news. although I'd lost touch with Kevin over the years I have a vivid memory - no 'vivid' isn't the right word, substitute 'hazy' - travelling through France to Northern Spain in Kevin's Caravette destination the San Sebastian Jazz Festival. Kevin did the driving whilst Charlie Carmichael, Ronnie Young and I did the drinking. We'd stop off at French villages to replenish our stocks of food and wine (mainly wine). Although, because he was driving, Kevin was forced to abstain it nevertheless didn't stop him from sharing the laughs and joining in the fun we had along the way.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 09, 2011
Clip from Nick Pride (see comments).
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Thank You Berry
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Friday, May 06, 2011
Thursday, May 05, 2011
At least it was tonight and hopefully will be for the foreseeable future Thursdays. Omid is to be congratulated upon finding a place with such a jazzy ambiance - could have been Paris on the left bank or up in Montmartre but, instead, it was Newcastle's Quayside. Too many musicians and combos to name everyone but it goes without saying that, as the evening progressed and the dimly lit room filled up with musicians and fans, guest of honour, sadly soon to be leaving us, David Carnegie took his rightful place at the drum throne spurring the front line on to glory and beyond.
Lots of young musicians on the jazz scene at present.
Recorda Me featured flautist Sylvie Heath along with Dave Weisser on flugel, Paul Gowland, tenor, a guitarist whose name I didn't catch, John Pope and David Carnegie. Sylvie traded fours impressively with DC.
By the time I had to leave they were still preparing to jam - Claude Werner, Mark Williams, Lindsay Hannon and many more.
A great send off for David.
Hope they all return next week.
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- Hannabiell and Midnight Blue @ The Bridge
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- From the Jazz Band Ball to the Mambo Inn at Rosie'...
- For David Stephenson
- Hot Antics Pull The Punters @ The Legion.
- New Century News.
- HOT ANTIC JAZZ BAND Weekend starting tonight
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- Alan Wilkinson & the Bergen Connection @ Central B...
- Frank Zappa - I'm a bandleader.
- Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ St Nicks.
- Jazz on 3 Wins Sony Award.
- R.I.P. Alfie Hind
- Frith St. @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.
- CLARE TEAL ON WOMANS HOUR
- The New Mastersounds
- Special Night @ The Cherry Tree Tonight!
- Splinter Super Subs @ The Bridge.
- Little Mo Band @ Central Bar, Gateshead.
- Maine Street Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club May 4
- News From Neds - "The Kid" Retires.
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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.)