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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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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Paul Skerritt Band at the Salsa Café July 5

Paul Skerritt (vocals), James Robson (bass), James Carmichael (drums) & James Harrison (piano)
(Paul should change his name to James and the band could truly become the James Boys!). (Review/photos by John T.)



The place was just beginning to fill up as I arrived for the first set. Paul made great use of his excellent radio mic by going out onto the pavement and singing to passers-by & asking them to come and listen to the band. He was very successful and soon the place was full. Not wishing to be outdone during one number James Harrison also ran out into the street to play an imaginary keyboard for a second or two!!! Talking of keyboards his Nord2 is a lovely machine. James made good use of its control panel on Ain't no Sunshine. Paul has a good mix of numbers and styles in his pad.  The band played them with light and shade – ideal for the small setting.  









It’s amazing that there was so much live jazz around the Central Station on a Saturday Night.  Before the gig I caught Jessica Avison singing and playing solo guitar in the Hotel Indigo bar/dinner. At the same time Paul Susans and Mark Williams were playing to a smaller audience at the Jazz Café. Where were all you jazz fans?
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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