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Bebop Spoken There

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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alan Glen @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Alan Glen (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance)
You wait months for an Alan Glen gig and then three come along at once!
The first one at "The Chilli" on March 5 was reviewed by Russell - follow link. The third one is on Saturday night at the Jazz Café and, in between, we had tonight at the Cherry Tree.
There are literally thousands of tunes in the GAsbook and I swear that Alan Glen knows every one of them!
Tonight's starter was You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to followed by Days of Wine and Roses or, in my case, a bottle of Black Sheep and the Lincolnshire Poacher and Early Wild Garlic Soufflé. I now know the meaning of Shangri-la!
I Remember You, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, How About You? and Roast Chicken Breast, Fricassee of New Spring Vegetables, Turned New Potatoes & Red Wine Jus combined to make this an unforgettable experience.
Follow this with Laura, My Funny Valentine, Take the A Train, Satin Doll, It Don't Mean a Thing and Strawberry & Pistachio Cheesecake, Orange Chantilly and confusion reigns - am I in Jesmond or have I gone to Heaven?
Pauls Susans and Wight provide the salt, pepper and gravy to the main course. Flavouring it subtly and unintrusively.
Alan Glen has been referred to as "The pianist's pianist" - this indicates some form of elitism. Personally, I prefer the old adage, Man here plays mighty fine piano!
Don't forget they do it all again on Saturday night (March 29) at the Jazz Café.
Next Monday at the Cherry Tree it's Djangologie. Mais Oui!
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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