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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators @ Hoochie Coochie May 30

Nicole Willis (vocal); Tomas Quilliam (trombone/flute) ? trumpet/flugel; Antti Määttäne (organ/percussion); Didier Selin (guitar);  Sami Kantelinen (bass guitar); Jukka Säräp (drums).
(Photo by Joe Boss Fowler)
Ms Willis gave a stirring performance without a lot of movement but a lot of voice. With a trilby hat jammed tight on her head and horn-rimmed specs she bore no resemblance to the photos on the LP covers adorning the walls. However the voice did!
I didn't catch the names of all of the Investigators but they were masters of their craft. Tom Quilliam, as well as putting in a shift on slide, also played some tasty flute. Trumpet switched to flugel as the occasion demanded and the keyboard man played some of the wildest organ this side of Preston (Billy) as well as flipping out on bongos, congos and other 'gos.
The crowd loved it and the dance floor wasn't deserted!
Nice one Warren - keep 'em coming!
(Maybe more photos to follow...)
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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