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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Blues - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00. 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.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Strictly Smokin’ 7-Piece at the ‘Jazz Cafe’, Sage Concourse, Friday August 3

Michael Lamb (trumpet and MD); Alex Leathard (Trombone); Claude Werner (tenor sax); Dave Francis (drums); Jon Proud (bass); Gav Smith (piano); Ruth Lambert (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex).
And they were straight in, no messing around, with Ruth singing Nice Work if you can Get It, and the band certainly did more than nice work, with skilled arrangements, interesting solos and trading of fours.  The sound was what I think of as ‘New York’, especially from the horns, but that may be just to my ears. 
Bye Bye Blackbird gave us a great sax solo from Claude, exciting but never too far from the melody. A harmonically strong arrangement of Lulu’s Back in Town had  distinctive chords from the horns between lines of the song; Skylark featured lovely flowing horns and effective muted trombone.  Next up was So What with, drums driving along sax and bass.  I noticed Claude chewing on a giant piece of chewing gum, then realised that he was coolly preparing a reed, without missing a note.  Stompin’ at the Savoy culminated with horns and piano swopping fours, followed by Our Delight, a tune which delights me as it seems to start in the middle – goodness knows what the technical term for that is.  The tunes continued to pour out and I wanted to dance.
Everyone had their share of solos and all impressed. The horns didn’t appear to be miked up yet all three sounded good - a combination of their ability and The Sage’s acoustics
Ruth sang more in the second half, well-sung standards, every word crystal clear.  You’d be so Nice to Come Home To; Embraceable You; How Long Has This Been Going On; Our Love is Here to Stay; The Lady is a Tramp; Get Happy. The performance ended with Do Nothing till You Hear from Me.  This song started a discussion on our table about what the words actually mean (answers on a postcard or at least in the comments box), and I guess the song also had the audience wishing to hear more from Ruth.
This gig had its own special atmosphere, what with the punters from the classical music concert coming out at half time, some clapping Ruth, others looking a bit puzzled, and the gentleman who sat next to me and told me about when he played piano for Peggy Lee.  An interesting and enjoyable evening.
Ann Alex   

2 comments :

Liz said...

Re Do nothing 'till you hear from me...I think the clue is in those last words...."and you never will". He is saying he is never going to end it, so it's up to her, either listen to gossip or put up with his philandering!!
Liz

Ann Alex said...

Liz, Yes, that's men for you, or at least some men!
Ann Alex

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