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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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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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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 16, 2014

Paul Skerritt Band @ Salsa Café March 15

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I caught the first set by Paul Gowland at the Jazz Café then Salsaed around the corner to the Westgate Road Tapas Bar resisting the urge to join the milling throng eager to see Stiff Little Fingers who were performing at the Academy.
Paul G's gig will be reviewed in a separate post by Kath J.
Just about everyone in the room seemed to be celebrating their birthday. Paul S joined in the proceedings  by singing Happy Birthday to each and everyone of the celebrants at their tables. Pal Joey Lives!
The formalities dispensed with, it was all systems go with a fine version of Bill Withers' Lovely Day to kick off the second set proper. Next up The Gentleman is a Tramp. Yes, you read that correctly, a set of original lyrics to the Rodgers and Hart classic! I Feel Good and Sway were next on the menu. This latter number had Skerritt leaving the stage to serenade the diners. Is this Westgate Road or The Strip?
More traditional material with King of the Swingers and Mack the Knife followed by Play that Funky Music White Man and Stuck in the Middle With You before I had to, reluctantly, bid farewell.
Apart from Frank, sorry Paul, James Harrison was on top form playing some incredible solos aided and abetted by his frequent associates Anth and Tom.
It had been a good evening all round and I happily opted for a taxi after the number 27 had become a distant memory.
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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