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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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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Alan Glen Trio @ Jazz Café August 1

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A laid back, relaxed evening of  classic modern jazz piano. Communication with the audience may have been done through the music rather than with words but, what music!
A tried and tested selection of standards and originals by a pianist who is now legendary in north east jazz circles. As The Bard once wrote, back in 1606, Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Fast forward 400 years, substitute his for her and Will could have been writing about tonight!
Infinite variety was the name of the game and the above trio brought plenty. Rich chordal exploration, dazzling technical flourishes and those exquisite moments when Alan reached the inner core of the tune - almost re-writing it -  all served to remind us that we were in the presence of a master craftsman or, to be precise, three very skilled practitioners of the elusive art known as jazz.
On bass, John Pope continues to astound and his solos are never boring, always displaying an abundance of ideas.
I hadn't heard Mike Humble since those halcyon Thursday lunchtime sessions by the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie Malone's (now The Tram) in South Shields. Solid stick-work and benign brushing helped everything gel.
And the music! Salivate over the choice selection of tunes: I'll Remember April; A Weaver of Dreams; Conception; an ultra fast Just in Time; Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's Polka Dots and Moonbeams; another Van Heusen (this time with Johnny Mercer), I Thought About You; All of You; All the Things You Are; Never Let Me Go; plus originals - Big Deal at Ocho Rios and Country Member. The grand finale Something Borrowed had Mike in a less than humble mode with a powerhouse solo that brought the evening to a satisfactory close.
But Alan, those less informed members of the audience (country members?) deserved to be told who they were listening to.
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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