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Ray Anderson: “When I started listening to the Ellington trombones, it was all over.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Let-Me-Out Department: the Melody Maker now has monthly reviews of Cage, Stockhausen et al. A case for a change of name?" - (Daily Telegraph April 18, 1970).

Today Thursday November 26

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Ray Dales, Kevin Eland, Ernie Jackson & Bryn Jones- Dormans, Linthorpe Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.
Sinatraland w. BBC Big Band, Claire Martin, Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £24, £21, £18.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Rd., South Gosforth NE3 1QL. 6:30pm. Free. Note this month's earlier start.
The Pocket Jazz Orchestra (Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith, Mark Toomey, Noel Dennis) - The Ship, Redmarshall, Stockton on Tees. 8pm. Free.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ian Shaw: The Sage, Friday December 14th

Ian Shaw (vocals and comedy); Barry Green (piano)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was the second set of the performance involving Sector 7 (first set  to be reviewed shortly).  We were mightily entertained with great vocals, piano, and a good helping of comedy.  The amusing stories about weight loss, loss of virginity in Morpeth, and cheeky shouts to the technicians to turn down the lights, flowed well between songs both amusing and sad, with lots of space for the pianist to display his soloing skills. 

Do Your Stuff opened the show with the singer obviously enjoying the rhyming couplets, scatting in a falsetto voice and swapping 4s as if there was to be no tomorrow in which to sing.  We moved on to a witty Fran Landersman song Small Day Tomorrow, followed by Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; then a lively version of Cole Porter’s Let’s Do It, with extra images added.
Because there was lots of comedy, the more serious songs were more effective by contrast, so I’m Glad There Is You was quite moving. The audience was encouraged to sing along for some familiar bits of songs, not something that normally happens except if it’s folk music!  Use Me Up had the audience guessing when to applaud because of the teasing false endings.  The whole performance was rounded off in Christmas style with the singers of sector 7 coming on stage for a performance of Christina Rossetti’s hymn In The Bleak Midwinter, sung with wonderful harmonies to the Gustav Holst tune.  A fitting ending to a very good evening of music and fun. 
Ann Alex  

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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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