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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Monday February 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. March 22

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
A busy Saturday night in the Jazz Café. A prime spot bagged, a table shared with a clutch of jazz singers in town to hear Ruth Lambert. West Coast Blues. Lambert had a gig goin’ in the Caff. The band – Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder – relaxed, in form, a winning formula.
I Fall in Love Too Easily, Lambert lamented: …my heart should be well schooled. Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man, a shared favourite of our vocalist and this reviewer. Lambert wondered out loud…Will Raitt one day feature in the Gas Book? Looking around the room, listeners were transfixed, Lambert at the top of her game as guitarist Strong played the blues as tastefully as one could wish hear. No Moon at All, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (the boys in the band at their best), a measured Angel Eyes.
The second set was just like the first – magical. Let’s Do It, Skylark (wow!), Blue Skies. In the company of an A-list singer, she confided that listening to Lambert was like attending a master class. From one A-lister to another, no higher praise. Time After Time, some gigs just get better and better, Lambert casually leaning against the piano, there’s little else to say other than catch one of Lambert’s forthcoming gigs – she is in prime form.      
Russell.     

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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.
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