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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Wednesday February 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Lindsay Hannon - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8ppm. £4 (Students free).
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Cancelled this week only. Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Cancelled.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 14, 2014

CD Review/Concert Preview: Zara McFarlane - If You Knew Her

Until Tomorrow was Zara's first disc and reviewed within these pages in October 2011. It was and is a superb album and I'm pleased to say this follow up disc is equally brilliant if not better. With Gilles Peterson alongside Zara on the Production Line it had to be good and it is.
The songs are strong often in duo format with Max Luthart or Gavin Barras(bass); Peter Edwards (piano) plus items where she accompanies herself on guitar or piano. There are also band tracks with Binker Golding on tenor, Leron Thomas on trumpet, Andy Chapman on drums among others.
Whatever the combination, it works. The voice is appealing and gets to the heart of each song making the lyric felt as befits a singer/songwriter. A voice with a smoky timbre that tells of loves won and loves lost. A disc to listen to and reflect on the hopes and disappointments of St Valentines Day - or any day.
But it doesn't stop here!
Zara is at Sage Gateshead on THURSDAY - that's right - THURSDAY February 20. 8pm Hall Two. £11.50/£13.50. 
Lance.
The CD is available on Brownwood Recordings.

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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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