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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Friday June 22

Afternoon

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

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

Ushaw Ensemble - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Emma Fisk & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. 7:30pm. £7.00

Julija Jacenaite Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

Q&A: Eric Burdon & Hilton Valentine - Castle Gate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle NE1 2JQ. Tel: 0191 233 2288. 7:00pm. £30.00. (£50.00. VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ inc glass of fizz & photo with Burdon & Valentine). Tex Leon & Friends will perform at the event.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Session Number 4. March 18.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Simon Stephenson (gtr); Johnny Davis (ten); Eric Stutt (dms); James Harrison (pno); Stuart Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (vcl/ten); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl); Ian Forbes (dms); John Rowland (ten).
(Review by Lance).
Make Someone Happy played at Tempo Di Lick got the ball rolling and it certainly did roll as the house trio not only made the less than crowded room happy but also had them breathless! I Remember Clifford was a more sombre rendition as befitted Benny Golson's tribute to the late trumpet player killed almost 60 years ago. Bolivia brightened things up in anticipation of the jammers who were now queuing up in the wings.
Johnny Davis and Simon Stephenson Walked Tall - literally in the case of the former who, kitted out in woolly hat and black tenor sax blew some stirring solos. Stephenson, by some electronic wizardry produced a near acoustic sound from his Fender (Strat?). Georgia on my Mind with Davis to the fore hit a relaxed groove before it was back to Brand's Hatch for I Should Care.
Break time allowed Wight's southpaw kit to be re-set for Eric Stutt who, along with fellow Budtonians Stu and Fiona and James Harrison, joined up with Paul Grainger (no bassists in tonight) for an up tempo 12 bar.
Fi sang Blow Those Blues Away which Stu and James duly did.
Simon returned for God Bless the Child with Fi singing with much feeling.
Gilligan was back on the grid for Stella By Starlight - one fast lady. Night in Tunisia followed then Kathryn Lowdon gave us her unique interpretations of  Moanin' and Fine and Mellow.
Fresh from his recent tv appearance John Rowland rounded off my evening with There Will Never be Another You and In a Sentimental Mood.
Metro and number 88 bus took care of my journey home.
Back in two weeks. Next Tuesday (March 25) it's a Schmazz session  featuring Trio Riot.
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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