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Bebop Spoken There

Ahmad Jamal: "[On commercial success] If Leopold Stokowski couldn't have afforded a baton, I don't think he would have enjoyed his career as much" - Crescendo, February 1982.

Avishai Cohen: “For me, Billie Holiday is the ultimate example of singing nothing but the truth.” – (Jazz Times October 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Saturday November 1

Afternoon.
MATT HOLBORN QUARTET -Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield Tce., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly - Today's the day.
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CLARK TRACEY MASTERCLASS - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3.30pm. £12 (student £9). Afternoon/evening ticket combined £22.
You won't get much better drum tuition than this!
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP, Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £19/£17.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters.Monthly - Today's the day.
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Evening
JAMES HARRISON/IAN SIMPSON - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1. 9pm. Free.
Ace piano/guitar duo.
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CLARK TRACEY QUINTET - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £15.
First major name concert by the Co-op.
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ELKIE BROOKS - Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7.30pm. £22.
The gal's still got it - and how!
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NICK PRIDE (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and music.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like-minded stompers. Tonight's the night!
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SO PERCUSSION - Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Church St., Murton SR7 9BX. 7.30pm. £10 (£3 East Durham residents!)
A quartet from Brooklyn - hope they've got a road map!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Rachel's Dream @ Dolphin Centre, Darlington Saturday March 2.

John Hallam (clarinet), Tom Kincaid (piano), Nigel Cretney (drums) & Rachel Hayward (vibes)
(Review by Ray Robson).
Thanks to the eccentric weather that is Britain's winter nowadays, we drove those few miles to Darlington not only in fervent hope for the afternoons jazz session but also in bright sunshine ....not quite the 2012 March heatwave that sent us scurrying to the attic for deckchairs, but hey, its only the 2nd of the month ...the best of March's summer is probably yet to come !
"Rachel's Dream" was billed as a celebration of Benny Goodman, well it was certainly a very pleasant afternoon in the assured company of Mr Goodman & friends ....John Hallam, as always, gave an assured performance leading in true Goodman style; Tom Kincaid, as Teddy Wilson, enrapturing the audience with such a delicate touch on the piano; Nigel Cretney as Gene Krupa on drums keeping everyone in line; & last but never least the glamorous Rachel Hayward on vibraphone as Lionel Hampton. When you see the vibraphone, you think back to school days & xylophones in far off music lessons ...banish those thoughts ...Rachel's vibraphone playing was a delight - the heady days of 1935 & the movement to "chamber music" was fully brought to life for a near capacity audience.
The first set gave us Lullaby of the Leaves, Fats Wallers I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling, Seven Come Eleven, Memories of You, Temptation Rag, the Andrews Sisters famous Ber Mir Bist Du Schoen featured great rhythm work, Rogers & Hammerstein's Where or When, Pick a Rib, Gershwin's Oh Lady Be Good, then a beautiful Lionel Hampton duet of vibes & piano on Blue Because of You before fittingly John took us to the first break with I'm a Ding Dong Daddy.
Second set opened with Honeysuckle Rose, Moonglow, Tom on Nat King Cole's Sweet Lorraine, Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea, then a foot tapping version of Irving Berlin's Fred Astaire hit Putting on the Ritz, My Daddy Rocks Me ....with Opus 1/2 to close.
Sadly we had reached the final set .... Air Mail Special, I Surrender to You, Dizzy Spells then appropriately On the Sunny Side of the Street, Stealing Apples, & a final Rachel's Dream completed our delightfully incandescent afternoon's jazz.
Next session at the Dolphin Sat 6th April, 12.30 ...Tees Valley Jazzmen
Ray

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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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