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Bebop Spoken There

Roland Hanna: "To me, music is a sort of a help-mate for human beings to get through life with; it's a valve for us to release some of the pressure that builds up." - (Crescendo June 1980).

Rodney Whitaker: “I started playing jazz because a neighbor saw me carrying my upright bass home, and he made me know how important it was that I was part of a legacy – informed me about Paul Chambers and Ron Carter.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Sunday November 23.

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in "The Park".
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Fourth Sunday in the month jam aimed at both seasoned jammers and those knocking on the door. Today's the day!
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SOLO JAZZ - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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DEAN STOCKDALE TRIO.- The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2.
Fortnightly - and it's TODAY with an Oscar Peterson tribute!
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm.£6.50.
Bubble Foundation fundraiser. Monthly, first Sunday. Back on December 7.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, second Sunday back on Dec. 14.
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Evening.
VASILIS XENOPOULOS w. PAUL EDIS TRIO- Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £6.
Monthly - Tonight's the night and it promises to be quite a night!
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SEAN NOONAN w. the SUWALKI STRING QUARTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm.
A JNE "Straight Ahead" gig featuring drums and a string quartet
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TIM KLIPHUIS w. TRIO GITANE - The Witham, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY. 7.30pm. £10/£8.
Hot Club fiddler from Holland. Looks good.
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FUMI OKIJI'S OLD TIME JAZZ BAND - Holy Trinity Church, Matfen, Northumberland, NE20 0TF. £10/£6. 7.30pm.
Fumi and her men continue to spread the word...
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back in December.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back on Dec. 7.

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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