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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Bushkin: "Bobby Hackett used to say: there are are two kinds of musicians - guys who play music and guys who make music. There's a wide gap there." - (Crescendo, October 1976).

Chick Corea: “I gigged around NYC as a drummer for a year-and-a-half. This was ’66, just before I got the gig with Stan Getz.” – (Down Beat December 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Saturday December 20

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth. 11am-3pm.
Ubiquitous is the word that describes the VCJ - well one of the words.
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TBA - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield Tce., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Classic Jazz. Monthly - Back in January.
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP, Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £19/£17.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters. Back on Feb. 7
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Evening
STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - Black Swan Art Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. £9/£8 -7.30pm.
Top big band's annual Xmas gig at new venue.
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MARK WILLIAMS/PAUL SUSANS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Yet another dynamic duo!
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STEVE GLENDINNING (Solo guitar jazz) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and music.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8RP. Details from 01768 862369.
Party with Paul 'cross the Pennines.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like minded stompers. Back in January.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

CD Review: Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can


Kai Hoffman (vocals and French horn); Gunther Kurmayr (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (double bass); Sebastiaan de Krom (drums); also Gavin Broom (trumpet) and Derek Nash (saxophone) on track 4
(Review by Ann Alex).
This CD is a thoroughly enjoyable, lively, sassy, whirlwind of songs sung and played well, songs with an assertive feel, just in time for International Woman’s Day although the timing is a coincidence so far as I can tell.  Kai Hoffman, a resident singer at Ronnie Scott’s, is hailed on the festival circuit, and rumour has it that she also looks good in Retro clothing! (so our editor tells me).
The album opens in fine style with Fran Landesman’s rather naughty Some Boys,, listing almost  everything a woman needs to know about men, and continues with soft cymbals and insistent beats on History Repeating; on Pure Imagination the drums play a little tune (bongos?) and the mood is  more reflective.  Then comes the title track with the main message, to live for the moment and enjoy yourself.  Quote ‘ sometimes you got to act before you really understand’. I’ve Never Met A Guy Who’s Perfect provides this very amusing line ‘I’m sick of silver foxes, who don’t tick the boxes’.  Jazz standards included are Make Someone Happy, a very zippy Sweet Georgia Brown and What a Little Moonlight Can Do.   I was surprised by the final track The Masquerade Is Over, a sad song about the end of a love affair, after all the optimism of the other tracks, but perhaps it was intended to drive home the message of doing it while you can.  The musicians certainly did it while they could with aplomb and solos on most tracks.      
If this CD is anything to go by, the album launch gig and party at Ronnie Scott’s on Wednesday March 20 will be great fun.  For further details email launch@broadreachrecords.co.uk or visit http://www.kaihoffman.co.uk/ but you’re probably too late already!
Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can is now available on itunes or from Amazon.
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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