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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Tuesday July 17

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Glenholme Park, New Road, Crook DL15 8LN. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Brass Band - Lanchester, Co. Durham DH7. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Hokum Hotshots - Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour, Blyth NE24 3PB. 7:00pm. £10.00.

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beverley Beirne Trio @ The Lit and Phil

Beverley Beirne (vcl); Graham Hearn (pno); Ian Mann (bs); Ronnie Bottomley (dms).
The band drove up from Leeds with 6,000 fans in their wake - sadly, they were football fans heading for St. James Park. None of them dropped off at the Lit and Phil. Nor, for that matter, did the scores of aspiring jazz singers from the north east drop in either. I'm not going to call them "Wannabees" because, if they really do want to be they should have been here tonight.
It was a masterclass in singing and if Leeds United had  played as well as this band and singer did they wouldn't have lost 2-0!
However, maybe those aspirants had better things to do than listen to a superb singer bewitching us with Beautiful Love, You and the Night and the Music, Nature Boy or You Made me Love You. This latter tune was written 100 years ago and Beverley sang it with no little movement of her hips. I swear the gentleman in the portrait on the wall behind her had a gleam in his eye - I know I did!
Something Good, Squeeze Me, Trouble is a Man - just voice and piano - was merely sensational. Cheek to Cheek was sensational plus. On drums, Ronnie Bottomley restricted himself to brushes and yet managed to swing more than a lot of the stickmen I've heard recently. For Mancini's  Slow Hot Winds he proved equally adept on mallets.
A knockout opening to the second set. Totally unaccompanied, Bev gave us a medley of When Your Smiling/Smile and Make Someone Happy with ne'er a quarter tone gang awry. Some singers can't even manage it with a band behind them!
The trio returned for a swinging Them There Eyes, Inchworm - a tune I can live without (apologies to Bev, Danny Kaye and Frank Loesser) I Didn't Know What Time it Was, Devil May Care, Walk On By, You're Looking at Me - a tune Bev picked up from Cleo - and I Only Have Eyes For You. I only caught a few bars of this as the 27 was due and it was imperative I beat the footy fans out of town.
It was a great gig - apologies for not mentioning piano and bass but they were absolutely the tops - the Eiffel Tower no less!
Lance.

3 comments :

Beverley Beirne (on F/b) said...

Thank you so much Lance Liddle for coming along to the gig tonight and for this fabulous live review! I'm really grateful and it was so lovely to meet you and what a superb venue and the folks there were so attentive. Hope to see you again sometime soon!

Anonymous said...

Lance from Ann Alex,
Sorry Sir but as an aspiring singer I had a good reason not to be at this gig. We singers have very wide tastes, and I for one was at the Sage to see a dramatic version of the folk ballad 'Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard'. I'd like to bet that Ms Beirne woiuld understand and it was unlucky that the 2 gigs clashed. I'll take the next chance I get to hear Ms Beirne.

Lance said...

Sorry I missed that one Ann!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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