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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CD Review: Nick Vayenas - Some Other Time.

Nick Vayenas (tmb/tpt/vcl); Patrick Cornelius (alt); Dick Kaufman (pno); Doug Wamble (gtr); Michael Janisch (bs); Rudy Royston (dms).+ Peter Slavov (bs) & Joe Saylor (dms) replace Janisch and Royston on track 2.
(Review by Lance)
On this, his third album, Vayenas makes a triple prong attack spreading his talents between gut wrenching trombone solos, powerhouse trumpet playing and laid back Bakeresque vocals. He does them all very well. Four vocals and, although his pitching isn't always on the money, it's close enough not to offend and indeed has that pleasant laid back feel about it which suggests you wouldn't have it any other way! You Must Believe in Spring, Some Other Time, So in Love and Blame it on my Youth are classic late night outpourings of the heart. Youth, a duo with Wamble on guitar, gets to the core of the song the emotions laid bare.
It's a cracking band with, apart from the leader, fiery  alto from Cornelius. My only quibble is that those who get off on the vocals may resent the instrumentals the contrast between the two facets of Vayenas being so great. Personally, I found they gelled - the voice offering welcome relaxation after the hard hitting horn playing, and, of course, vice versa.
Vayenas may at some stage of his career find himself having to concentrate on the vocal side which no doubt will ultimately prove more lucrative - having worked in Michael Bublés backing group he will be under no illusions where the money lies!
In the meantime, I'll take him just the way he is!
Nick Vayenas - Some Other Time is now available on Whirlwind Recordings.
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.
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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