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Bebop Spoken There

Bootsy Collins: "I had no training at all, man. Whatever I heard in my head, that's what came out." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Madeleine Peyroux: "What I'm searching for in singing is the form of communication that doesn't come through language". - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Friday August 17

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. Second night of two – SOLD OUT. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CD Review: SNJO - American Adventure

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra led by Tommy Smith + Mike Stern (gtr); Kurt Elling (vcl); Joe Locke (vbs); Donny McCaslin (fl/ten); Dacid Kikoski (pno); David Liebman (sop); Randy Brecker (tpt); Bill Evans (ten); Michael Dease (tmb); Joel Frahm (ten); Clarence Penn (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Another blockbuster from our friends north of the border recorded in New York last year as part of their USA/Canada tour. Augmented on different tracks by the above artists it is no surprise that this is a big band disc to check out. The arrangements are imaginative. Penned by an assortment of writers including Smith, Fred Sturm, Geoffrey Keezer, Jacob Mann and Jim McNeely, they show the power and scope of the orchestra to its best advantage in a contemporary setting unlike the fayre we're accustomed to hearing from them (Kenton, Ellington etc.)
My only minor misgiving is that, apart from Alyn Cosker (drums) and 16 bars tenor from leader Smith, we don't get to hear from the many great soloists within the band - Quigley, Pattison, Wiszniewski, Kellock to name but four. However, this is a small price to pay for what we do get which is knock-out performances by eleven of New York's finest!
My CD of 2013 was the band's In The Spirit of Duke (to be performed live at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in April). American Adventure could well be my 2014 choice!
The CD, American Adventure by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is due to be released on February 17 by Spartacus Records.
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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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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