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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF Day Three. Jazz Toons - Jacqui Dankworth w. SNJO. April 6

(Review by Lance)
Day Three belonged to the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith and Jacqui Dankworth although I'm sure others will root for Bill Frissell or Polar Bear. It was a day of difficult choices although anything involving SNJO is a pretty safe bet.
Jazz Toons was all about cartoons and the opening medley which included themes from Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Top Cat and others told the audience of children aged from 6 to 76 that the band was firing on all cylinders..
Suggestion a screen backdrop of the relevant characters would have helped some of the younger ones who weren't quite sure what was going on! As it was, the band all wore tee shirts depicting various cartoon icons - Tommy Smith was Darth Vader!
Jacqui Dankworth looks and sounds more and more like her mother each time I hear her, which is no bad thing, this afternoon she came across in a maternal role herself interacting with the kids in between singing Over the Rainbow (including the verse which I think is better than the actual chorus), Cruella De Vil, Everybody Wants to be a Cat and King of the Swingers. This latter number had alto, trumpet and tenor down front for a Dixieland chorus.
The pianist played a chord and the audience was asked to identify the theme. I didn't recognise it but the kids all knew it was the Pink Panther!
Later, prior to singing Circle of Life from The Lion King, Jacqui asked the children to make animal noises which they did enthusiastically. It was emotional enough to draw tears to my eyes!
I left with the feeling that tonight was going to be special (as indeed this afternoon was!)
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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