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Bebop Spoken There

Freddie Hubbard: “Know what I miss most about New York? The drummers. You can't find any decent drummers but in New York-- most of the cats are there.”(DownBeat November 1981).
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Tony Glover: “They [the Slowlight Quartet] perhaps don’t yet know just how good they are.” – (Hexham Courant 17 April 2015) .

Today Sunday April 26.

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL - various venues across town - final day. Details here.
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RALPH KEELEY (Solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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- Quakerhouse pub, Skinnergate, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2.
New venue for Darlington Jazz Club. Back on ?
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
A jam aimed at encouraging the less experienced player giving listeners a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly -
Back May 10.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Today's the day!
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly - Back May 3.
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Evening.
HANNAH TAYLOR/ALIX SHEPHERD - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 6pm-9pm.
New venture in the Redwood Bar featuring various class duos.
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YANA - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £6.
Corey Mwamba/Dave Kane/Josh Blackmore make up this forward looking trio. A JNE/Splinter promotion.
Final session - the end of an era. Thanks to Andy and Zoe for putting a lot of effort into presenting a varied program.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5. 7pm.
First of a last Sunday in the month series featuring local trad bands.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back May 16.
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TBA - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £7.
Monthly back May 16.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
Monthly - Back May 3.

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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