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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CD Review: Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio.

Wilford Brimley (vcl); Tamir Hendelman (pno); Christoph Luty (bs); Jeff Hamilton (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Brimley is a 78 year old American actor who's appeared in film and on tv. Films include Cocoon, The Firm and Absence of Malice whilst his television  gigs were in The Waltons, Seinfield and Our House. He's also been a ranch hand, a horse wrangler, a blacksmith a stuntman and now - he's a singer! A veritable jack of all trades.
Does he cut it as a singer? well, mainly yes and ever so slightly no! Yes, he's in tune, can pitch an interval, and has a rich timbre to his voice that is not unappealing but the delivery is almost  that of an actor talking rhythmically. He doesn't quite swing, unlike the magnificent trio who have swing to spare, and yet it's a disc that grows on you with repeated listening.
The material is the choicest of the choice - I Wish You Love; I've Grown Accustomed to her Face; Pick Yourself Up; Waltz For Debby; That Sunday, That Summer; This Love of Mine; Nice Work if You Can Get it, A Sleepin' Bee and Bidin' my Time are but a few of the songs that, despite my reservations, make this a very listenable album. On piano, Hendelman is the perfect accompanist and swings like crazy - aided and abetted by Hamilton and Luty.- on his solos.
Summing up, it's well worth checking out for the swinging trio, the songs and their unique interpretation. In many ways Brimley could be an actor turned jazz singer who passed through Nashville en route.
And you know what? Doggone it, I like it!
Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio is currently available on Capri Records 7402-2.
Lance.

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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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