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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Paul Skerritt Band @ the Cherry Tree May 12

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by John T).
When we walked through the door of the Cherry Tree last night we thought it was the band from last Thursday @ the Lit & Phil. On closer examination of course it wasn’t Lindsay Hannon Plus - it was them Minus i.e. John Pope and Lindsay who were replaced by Anth and Paul! This was the second visit of the Paul Skerritt Band to this venue. What a fantastic young male vocalist & his trio from Teesside. Something new for Tyneside, till now the land has been ruled by young female vocalists.
King of the Swingers, Mack the Knife & Play that Funky Music where just some of the numbers of note, gathered from the Frank S, Michael B. and Paul Anka songbooks. One number I loved was Don’t Get Around Much Any More. Attached: photocopy of my 2/- copy which I bought at Maxie Shares in the 60s. One singer who covered the song was a Paul Skerritt lookalike Tab Hunter (photo on copy) 
Jazz Joke @ the time:-
QUESTION: Who was nicknamed The Cigarette Collector? ANSWER Tab Hunter. 
James Harrison was on top form playing some incredible solos with inventive phrasing and quotes. In my opinion he has gone straight to the top of the pile of great piano players we have in the region. Considering the band has only been together for a year they were extremely polished and smooth and gave us a very entertaining evening. It was of course helped along by the North Sea fish pie and Black Sheep ale.
Next week at The Cherry Tree its Katherine Stone and her trio. They were a big success at Ashington last week.
Friends in jazz
John T

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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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