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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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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.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Mercedes Menz in Top Gear @ ICMuS Preview. June 5

Musicians from the International Centre for Music Studies (aka the music department) at Newcastle University took advantage of a glorious summer’s day to promote next week’s ICMuS Summer Music Festival with a series of performances on an outdoor stage set up outside Armstrong Building (conveniently next to the bar in the Students’ Union).
An ad hoc jazz quintet – Mercedes Menz – assembled under an awning to escape a baking sun, a pleasant change to sheltering from the rain! Led by a final year soon-to-graduate reeds player by the name of Mercedes Philips, the ensemble name couldn’t be more appropriate! Her all-male band mates (keyboards, guitar, double bass and drums) study across the spectrum – classical, folk, jazz – and with the stress of exams behind them they played without a care in the world. Oh, to be a student!
The ICMuS Summer Festival runs from June 9-13. All performances are in King’s Hall with free admission to lunchtime sessions (1:00 pm). Admission to evening concerts (7:30 pm) will be by payment at the door.
For further information visit www.icmusmusicfestival.co.uk  
Russell.

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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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