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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, April 04, 2014

Debra Milne Ensemble @ The Empty Shop, Durham. April 3

Debra Milne (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Pink Lane Jazz Co-op’s promotional activities extend beyond Newcastle upon Tyne. Once a month an empty shop on Framwellgate Bridge in Durham transforms itself into a twenty first century speakeasy. You know where it is, you’re in, you don’t, you’re not. A disused building, floorboards, a lack of central heating, paint-splattered plastic stackable chairs. Candle lit, streetlights helped illuminate the sheet music.
Debra Milne sang Don’t Come Around Here Anymore. Guitarist Steve Glendinning took a solo, so too bassist Paul Grainger. Killer Joe with the addition of Milne’s lyrics – Relax – hit on a blues vein. Milne sang again, this time Chick Corea’s Spain, Glendinning the soloist. Betty Carter, Horace Silver, Tom Waits, composers drawn from an eclectic pad, an interesting arrangement of Stella by Starlight. Drummer Tim Johnston closed the first set on Caravan.
A bottle of the Alloa Brewery’s Birds and Bees served by an amiable Durham Uni type. The room filled up, the windows steamed up. Milne and Glendinning opened the second set as a duo with their composition  Show Me the Man. Another original – Blame Game – followed. The evening’s highlight, as the north bound mainline express approached DurhamBillie’s Bounce – heard Milne at her best singing Eddie Jefferson’s lyrics augmented by her own extra verse! Glendinning threw in a top solo, Grainger shone and Johnston handled the fours.
The next gig – Safe Sextet – is on Thursday May 1 on Framwellgate Bridge. The door number…35c, upstairs. You’re in.       
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.
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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