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Claire Martin: "People think that it's the Americans that swing the hardest - I think us Europeans give them a fair run for their money." (Jazzwise March 2019).

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Today Friday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Hand to Mouth - The Vault, Hallgarth St., Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Not Now Charlie + Tom Dixon Quartet - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. CD (EP) launch.

Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel0191 386 5556. 7pm. Book in advance.

Blues

No Time For Jive - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Revolutionaires - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lemon Tops @ The Sage.

Belinda Voshtina (vcl); Sam Kelly (ten/clt); James Harrison (pno/Hammond); Ian Simpson (gtr); James Robson (bs); Joe Booth (dms).
The Lemon Tops who, paradoxically, didn't wear lemon tops (a take on the Yellow Jackets I guess) are students from the BMus Course and fine examples they are too.

The young group get a good sound despite the sometimes unflattering acoustics of The Concourse. Nice to hear clarinet in a modern context - surely the first time locally since the late great Charlie Carmichael!
Sam acquitted himself well on Blue Monk, In Walked Bud and a melancholic Beautiful Love.
Their choice of a Gasbook program surprised me. Don't get me wrong, as you all know the Great American Songbook is my Bible but I'd have thought young guys such as these would have mixed the gassers with more contemporary numbers and perhaps a few originals.
I was particularly impressed with Harrison - featured extensively on Autumn Leaves. Guitarist Simpson kicked in with some gutsy solos and Kelly proved capable on both black and gold horns.
Vocalist Belinda showed some early hesitancy but, once the hare was running, she delivered.
When Sunny Gets Blue presented the lady to perfection. Accompanied only by piano, this displayed the quality of her voice - rich and rounded. 
There is a tendency these days to sing Choo Choo Ch'Boogie as a slow drag - I don't know why. It's a jump tune and, whilst it was interesting first time around, I think it's time to take it right back to the track - Jack!
Having said that, mention must be made of the 6.5 shades that guitarist Simpson kicked out of it!
There was lots more but I had to leave before the end - it was a good session and, in the league they are batting in, The Lemons are Tops!
Next week - Lindsay Hannon Trio.
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.
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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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