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Bebop Spoken There

Najee: “I've played in a lot of musical situations and they've all contributed to some facet of my musical personality– (Jazz Times March 1996).

Meredith d'Ambrosio: “Sometimes the verses are better than the songs! (Jazz Times March 1996).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday April 29.

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening
The Ladies of Midnight Blue - World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield house, Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UF. 11pm (DJ set earlier).
Big Muddy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zita Frith/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
John Bailey Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
James Birkett/Bradley Johnston - Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, Durham DH7 9RH. £7. 7:30pm.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ Hexham Jazz Club, Exchange Café, Queens Hall, Feb, 28, 2013.

Debra delivered two great sets with her ensemble of Dave Parker (double bass), Rob Bates (drums), and the amazing Steve Glendinning (guitar). The programme was full of variety and delighted the appreciative and attentive audience. 
There were the be-bop tonal tongue-twisters that Debra sings beautifully and apparently effortlessly (Jordu was cracking). There were uplifting numbers that steamed along - full of joy – like No More Blues. There were the groove based delights of Temptation and Equinox, and then there were the real gems: the Steve Glendinning and Debra Milne originals. Show me the Man is a tender masterpiece of guitar and voice; Don’t Come 'Round Here Anymore and Stay can go straight into the Milne/Glendinning Real Book whenever that comes out. They ended with a warm and engaging musical tribute to the Jazz Café, celebrating the late Keith Crombie and the Toon’s brotherhood of jazz.
Hazel Hanley.

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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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