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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thomas Brown Affair @ Hoochie Coochie July 25.

Kenny Thomas (vcl); Wayne Brown (keys); Frank Felix (bs); Sophie Alloway (dms).
(Review by Lance).
"It's not Jazz" said Warren as I propped myself up against a tall table. It was a sell out gig and high chairs had been removed to allow the audience space to breathe. A guy built like a BSH positioned himself in front of me so I relocated to a spot nearer the stage albeit further from the bar!
As Warren said, it wasn't jazz. It was Soul, Funk, Rock it was... hang about, weren't Soul, Funk and Rock genres that had their roots in Jazz? 
If it wasn't Jazz, well, it was close enough for me and the London Jazz Festival where The Thomas Brown Affair (Wayne Brown, Kenny Thomas - get it?) are playing  on November 21.
More importantly, tonight they took Hoochie apart!
Despite still being in recovery from health problems, Wayne Brown played fine piano with more than a hint of Ramsay Lewis. His feature on Ain't no Sunshine - mint!
Buddy Rich wasn't the best looking drummer I ever saw - Sophie Alloway most certainly is! Cool and laid back the attractive, long haired blonde kept everything swinging and rocking and her solo (was it on River in the Sky?) showed why she's one of the most in demand players on the London scene. 
On bass guitar, FF was FF without being ff!
Of course, for the majority, KT was the main attraction and he drew many "Oos" and "Aahs" from the female fans.
He's got a good voice and put over the material, which included rock classics such as He Ain't Heavy, How Sweet it is, The Moon and New York City, Overjoyed, Just the Way You Are and a soulful Georgia on my Mind, brilliantly.
If Scotland votes "Yes" let's hope Warren doesn't get deported!
Great night.
Lance.

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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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