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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 Friday June 22

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Alice Grace Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ushaw Ensemble - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Emma Fisk & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. 7:30pm. £7.00

Julija Jacenaite Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

Q&A: Eric Burdon & Hilton Valentine - Castle Gate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle NE1 2JQ. Tel: 0191 233 2288. 7:00pm. £30.00. (£50.00. VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ inc glass of fizz & photo with Burdon & Valentine). Tex Leon & Friends will perform at the event.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Friday, March 22, 2013

CD Review: Anthony Strong: Stepping Out.

Anthony Strong (voice, piano); Tom Farmer, Calum Gourlay (bass); Sebastian De Krom (drums, percussion); Matt Skelton (drums); Chris Allard (guitars); James Morrison (trumpet); Brandon Allen, Nigel Hitchcock (tenor sax) + Also string section.
(Review by Ann Alex)
I seem to have reviewed lots of CDs featuring women singers lately, so what a pleasant change to hear a CD with a male vocalist, and one who is also a skilled pianist.  This is Anthony Strong’s début CD album.  UK born Strong gives us an enjoyable mix of what the insert sheet describes as ‘jazz-pop and classic big band jazz’, but I’d say that this is honest to goodness jazz singing, perhaps with a slight leaning towards the crooning style.  Strong graduated from music college as recently as 2008, and all these tunes except one have been arranged by the singer.  Clever stuff!
We kick off with staccato piano chords for Too Darn Hot, a pleasant light-toned voice, a sax solo, then continue with witty words and fast piano for Change My WaysLuck Be a Lady is done with a lively latin rhythm, including the verse; an unexpected Kurt Weill song appears, My Ship; then a slow, romantic Stevie Wonder number, Overjoyed. The title track, Stepping Out With My Baby, is a real swinger with bell-like percussion.  Other jazz standards include My Foolish Heart; Witchcraft, and When I Fall in Love.  The album finishes with a sad song about coming to terms with the end of a relationship Learning To Unlove You.  The musicians do their stuff well, but with short solos, so  attention is very much on the singer and his piano.

The official release date is April 8, (Naive Records) and Anthony Strong will be launching the album at the Hippodrome in London on April 18.
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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