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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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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

GIJF – Day One Djangologie - April 4.

Mick Shoulder (double bass), Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar) & Giles Strong (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
At Sage Gateshead moving from one hall to another often presents a dilemma as there is invariably music on the concourse and the impulse is to stop and listen. On the opening night off this year’s festival the late night session on the concourse featured none other than Djangologie. Mick Shoulder’s Hot Club quartet played a first set to an appreciative crowd of three or four hundred transient souls. On this occasion many appeared to be astonished. Who’s this? There fantastic! A scheduled review of a concert in one of the adjacent halls abandoned, the concourse was the place to be.
Second set, audience numbers had diminished due to the competing attractions (Hall Two, the Jazz Lounge, the Jazz Cafés Late Night Club) yet those who stayed on had no regrets. Minor Swing, Nuages and more. A couple stopped, sat at a vacant table and were duly astonished, Clearly they hadn’t previously heard the quartet. The principal soloists – Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar) – crafted impeccable solos, making it look easy. To them it probably is. To this listening audience (our visiting couple included) – Wow! Concourse or concert platform? Does it matter? Perhaps not, the important thing is to catch Djangologie next time, wherever that be.
Bassist Shoulder composes in ‘the tradition’ and one such example – a tail of unrequited love – Beautiful Till 3 stands alongside classic Hot Club material. Shoulder’s engine room mate Giles Strong (rhythm guitar) dropped anchor with his customary faultless display. Festivals by their nature – so much/too much to hear – create highs and lows. Djangologie on the concourse scored highly – ten out of ten, no less.    
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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