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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Wednesday June 20

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

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Cancelled!

Francis Tulip Quartet - Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 6:30pm. Concourse gig.

Cancelled!

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Emma Fisk & James Birkett + Hot Club du Nord - Sage Gateshead Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £15.30.

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paul James Band @ Hoochie Coochie

Phil Hudson (gtr); Paul James (bs); Gary Lowey (keys);Dave Lourie (dms); Laura Adams (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
The James Band are known, primarily, as a function band - you know the thing - Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Dinner Dances and Hunt Balls. I'm sure they do it very well. Tonight, however, it was a  chance to let their hair down and unleash their jazz/rock chops.
A couple of instrumentals at the opening of each set - predictably Canteloupe Island and Watermelon Man - got the musical adrenalin flowing before Ms. Adams took over.
Skin tight black mini and heels only slightly lower than Grey's Monument - she looked good but would she sound good?
The answer was "Yes".
Kicking off with Sting's Fragile (I think) we knew we were in for something special. Summertime - I'm starting to surmise that girl singers are told at birth that if they ever want to sing jazz they must sing Summertime! I did once hear a jazz singer who didn't sing Summertime but for the life of me I can't remember her name - maybe it was just wishful thinking! In all fairness, Laura Adams didn't cause the Gershwins to turn over in their graves.
Some Clapton - Drowning in a River of Tears - Dusty's Spooky and At Last a la Etta.
Great set, great singing and some superb guitar work from Hudson. Keyboards demonstrated how to build a solo from minimalist beginnings to kick ass finale. Drums, right on the money and bass gives solid support.
Second set moved up a gear with Besame Mucho, a wild Route 66 and Sunny just some of the highlight.
A decent turn out and a few dancers to add some extra sparkle to what was an enjoyable evening.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Lance, I owe you a profuse apology, but the first song I ever sung at the Jazz Cafe jazz singers class gig was - you've guessed it 'Summertime'
Sorry! 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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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