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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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dean Stockdale/Mick Shoulder Duo @ Jazz Café June 27.

Dean Stockdale (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs).
(Review by Lance).
Travelling by Metro on a Friday night can be a culture shock. A carriage full of the young and not so young shouting incoherently into their mobiles creates the illusion that one has stepped back in time to the Tower of Babel (not the record company!) or maybe even the Harlem Air Shaft portrayed somewhat more eloquently by Duke Ellington back in 1941. 
I'd had a similar, albeit more satisfying experience, earlier at the Jazz Café and Ellington, or rather his confrère Billy Strayhorn, was involved there too along with Dean Stockdale on piano and Mick Shoulder on bass. The duo's version of Chelsea Bridge (inspired, we're told, by a painting of Battersea Bridge) was quite beautiful - not even the refugees from Babel standing at the bar could despoil this gem.
Chelsea was but one of many choice pieces played by the select pairing. Others included Mingus' Nostalgia in Times Square, Kelly's Blues (named after Oscar Peterson's fourth wife - no wonder he had the blues!), Summer in Central Park (Horace Silver), Skylark, I'm Old Fashioned and Night in Tunisia all played on an upright that at times, and not just tonight, sounds as if it had been Made in Tunisia
Nevertheless, noisy barflys and a piano that maybe fell off the back of a camel, couldn't spoil an evening of top quality music.
Lance.
Stop Press: More top class piano on August 1 with a return visit by the Alan Glen Trio as well as Peter Gilligan's Jam Session on July 1 and Paul Edis on July 18.

1 comment :

  1. So near and yet so far.. was there enjoying the music from a respectable distance :-) My going-home experience was seeing two fat rats running out from under the bin near where we parked. Great review! Teresa

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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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