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Elizabeth Bougerol, co-founder Hot Sardines: “We’ve never had a band member who objected to looking sharp.” – (Jazz Journal October 2015).

Don Ellis: “The new group is a nine piece octet - I always like to give the people more than they pay for” – (Crescendo June 1975).


Wednesday October 14

Vieux Carre Jazzmen
- Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Alice Grace Quartet - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.

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.
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