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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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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 21, 2014

The Kings of Swing @ Sage Gateshead June 20.

Paul Pashley, Tony Benedict, Mark Porter (vcls); Paul Francis (pno); Paul Francis (pno/MD); + Wilkinson (alt); Steve Black (ten); Gilhouse ( bar), Benny Lake (vcl/tpt), Adrian (tpt), Stuart ( tmb); Harrison Wood (bass); Bill Johnson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Apart from the singers, the rest of the names are pure guesswork based on the announcements heard over the rapturous applause from the three quarters full level one of Hall One at Sage Gateshead.
It was well deserved applause from the mixed age audience (the younger ones may have been there as carers, minders, chauffeurs gigolos etc.) and we got the full canon of the usual suspects ie Sinatra, Bennett, Dean, Darin, Bublé et al.
In many ways it was like the recent City Hall concert by Jason Isaacs except that on that occasion the band was bigger and the singer taller although the repertoire, needless to say, overlapped by about 90%.
The three singers tonight (four if you include trumpeter Benny who sang Gigolo/Ain't Got Nobody à la Louis Prima quite brilliantly) were on form - by the end of the evening I was confused as to who was who and which one sang what  it didn't matter, they were all great and put on a terrific show.
Solowise both tenor and trumpet hit pay dirt on their limited exposure.
To give you an idea as to just how good this concert was, it was almost as good as the Jason Isaacs concert!
Almost!
I wouldn't have missed either
Check them out here or at a theatre near you!
Lance.
PS: If anyone can fill in the band names for me I'd appreciate it.

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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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