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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paul Skerritt Band @ Cherry Tree. April 21.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The tables weren't empty, the dance floor wasn't deserted and Paul Skerritt didn't sing Learnin' The Blues although he did croon plenty other classics from the Sinatra Songbook.
Like the opener, I've Got You Under my Skin followed by Witchcraft. I don't know if the chef dabbles in the occult but my opener of Pan seared breast of wood pigeon, raspberry vinaigrette and baby salad certainly had the edge on Eye of Newt - out of this world (as indeed was the unfortunate wood pigeon.). The Way You Look Tonight, If I Had You, My Funny Valentine, Fly me to the Moon, Ain't no Sunshine, I Get a Kick Out of You and Let There be Love. A line from this latter number could have been, Let there be char-grilled bistro rump, peppercorn butter, traditional steak garnish and, of course, fries.
The set closed with Fry me a Liver.
It was an excellent start although the balance wasn't perfect. Nevertheless, the crowded room showed their appreciation with much applause.
Balance sorted, Come Fly With me kept Ole Blue Eyes in the frame only to be superseded by Michael Jackson's The Way You Make me Feel. This last song was a cue for the dancers to take to the floor - yes the same couple who tripped the light at Hoochie last week. James threw in a Latin chorus that allowed "Fred and Ginger" to give full expression to their artistry. Don't Get Around Much Any More was tailor made for the couple who I'm sure have never  missed the Saturday dance!
Flash! Bam! Alakzam! - Orange Coloured Sky and Summer fruit Eton mess and white chocolate shards - what a combination!
Gentleman is a Tramp/Lady is a Tramp works well. I loved the final line - She's not alone when she lowers her lamp, That's why the lady is a tramp!
Randy Crawford's Street Life went down well and Anth Ord's bass intro to Moon Dance brought a third dancer into the arena - no, not me! A girl who also appeared to be well versed in the Terpsichorean arts. 
Beyond the Sea with Sailor's Hornpipe quotes from James - he's very good at finding the quote for the occasion.
Tom Chapman subtle and unobtrusive had a blast on one of the later numbers by which time our two main dancers had extended their activities to the bar area.
Paul Skerritt puts on a show - good singer, good band, a very good night. Catch him next time round - he'll be back that's for sure.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks Lance, glad you enjoyed it! We had almost as much fun as the lady dancing! Haha!

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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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