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Today Tuesday February 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan +?

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

Friday, August 31, 2012

CD Review: Swing from Paris - Quasimodo.


Andy Bowen, Andy Wood (gtrs); Fenner Curtis (vln); Steve Laming (bs); Jo Silver (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The burning question is why? Why are there so many Hot Club style bands dotted, not just around the UK but in fact, around the world? At a guess, there's probably more Gypsy Swing groups than there are Glenn Miller ones. Well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so it says much for the originals that just about every city in this country - let alone France and Belgium - has one or more such group. Which of course is great as the originators are long gone but of course the recorded legacy remains.

Quasimodo by Swing from Paris attempts to escape the stylistic straitjacket by including tunes by Charlie Parker (the title track), Night in Tunisia, Hot House, Concerto de Aranjuez and Spain. I Found a New Baby also has a bop theme by Wood to take it out. Guitar and violin solo well although at times I felt the intonation was slightly suspect - but close enough for jazz as the saying goes!. Jo Silver takes the Beryl Davis role on Undecided. and also sings Bei Mir Bist du Schoen.
By and large they succeed and this disc will provide a worthy memento for anyone who's enjoyed one of their live performance (Quasimodo are available for Weddings, Corporate events, Private engagements, Festivals, clubs and pubs.) 
Swing from Paris: Quasimodo is launched on Sept. 7 at: .

The launch party for our brand new album, ‘Quasimodo’! We’ll be performing the album live, and every CD purchased comes with a free pint. Live music, great beer, and entry is free. What more could you want? 

Now that's what I call an album launch - pity Stroud is so far away!
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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