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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CD Review: Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio - Jazz In The Living Room

Donna Singer (vocals); Doug Richards (bass); Billy Alfred (piano); Mike Cervone (drums); Also Jeff Otis (guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex).
I know why Lance gave me this CD to review – because it includes the song he dreads most!  You’ve guessed, it’s Summertime, one of many standards on the CD.  Other numbers are Honeysuckle Rose; Bye Bye Blackbird; On Green Dolphin Street; The Nearness Of You; Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me; Satin Doll; S’Wonderful; Dindi; I Got Rhythm; and Route 66, though not quite in that order as 3 of the tracks come up at different times from that listed on the CD, a bit disconcerting.  The other 2 of the 14 tracks are originals Another Bossa (Otis) and Reve Aver (Richards).  The latter is a tuneful whole band instrumental and the former a catchy guitar number.  
The musicians do their stuff well with lots of solos – I noticed the drummer was rather light of hand compared to many others, lots of brushes and cymbals.  The Summertime track is actually rather good, a straight chorus with the voice and bass only, then a quicker chorus with the trio, piano and bass solos, drums and piano swapping 4’s, then all in on the final chorus.
I hadn’t heard of this singer before, but she is well known in the States from radio broadcasts and countrywide performances, and she is a voting member of the organisation that awards the Grammys.  Her voice is pleasantly sultry and warm, with beautifully clear diction, which enabled me to at last work out the narrative of the song Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. However this singer didn’t sound quite as comfortable in the higher ranges of her voice, but perhaps it was something to do with my ears.
Generally a very pleasant listening experience. 
The CD, Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio - Jazz In The Living Room
 was released on January 28 on the Emerald Baby Recording Company label.   
Ann Alex.

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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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