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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 09, 2014

CD Review and Launch.The Lindsay Hannon Plus - The Spy". Lit and Phil. May 8.















Lindsay Hannon (vocal); James Harrison (piano); John Pope (bass); Tom Chapman (drums).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Ken Drew/CD artwork by Jim Sebright).
The Lit and Phil was buzzing, an air of anticipation hung in the air, as the audience assembled for this JNE assisted launch of The Lindsay Hannon Plus' CD The Spy. Many of us had been present for the live recording done late last year at the Bridge Hotel so we had a fair idea of what to expect and we got it - did we not!
A laid back double bass introduction interspersed with delicate  piano punctuations and tinkling cymbals led eerily, intriguingly, to Lindsay's smoky voiced take on the album's title track - The Spy. The Doors' classic has all the elements of a novel by Ian Fleming or John le Carré. The build up to the emotional, even violent vocal heights and the gradual release of tension.
Nature Boy, given an up tempo Latin groove sees the whole band digging deep behind Lindsay's lusty vocal. James Harrison clearly relishing the opportunity to stretch out on the Lit and Phil's grand piano. An amazing young talent capable of meeting any challenge head on. John Pope - Premier League bassist - and Tom Chapman, a volcano fermenting, ready to erupt.
Heather Forever - written by Liz Corney (pianist with Iceni, another of  Lindsay's bands) - Joni Mitchell's Hissing of the Summer Lawns; standards such as Love me or Leave me and The End of a Love Affair just some of the gems heard at the concert and on the CD. Others include the enigmatic Old Fashioned Hat - a sultry and sophisticated vocal - Diamonds (Everybody Knows); Wish; So Long, Big Time and Her Eyes are Underneath the Ground
As well as being a performing artist, Lindsay Hannon is also jazz vocal tutor at Sage Gateshead. Going by tonight's gig or listening to the well produced CD her students couldn't be in better hands.
Lance.
PS: Also sung (not on album) A Foggy Day; What a Little Moonlight Can Do.
Lindsay Hannon Plus - The Spy is available at gigs or by visiting http://www.lhplus.co.uk/

1 comment :

  1. Good to see so many people there. Fantastic piano playing by James Harrison.

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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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