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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

CD Review: Kelley Suttenfield and Tony Romano - Among The Stars

Kelley Suttenfield (vocals); Tony Romano (guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This is Kelley Suttenfield’s second CD.  She has performed in the USA and Europe, and her guitarist is a musician and educator with 20 years experience.  On this enjoyable CD they give us 5 jazz standards, plus songs by Neil Young (Harvest Moon); KD Lang (Wash Me Clean); Carol King (One Fine Day); Buffy Sainte-Marie (Until It’s Time For You To Go); and Bob Dylan’s I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.  
This is a very varied, pleasing selection, sung with a sweet and sometimes breathy voice, accompanied by sensitive, responsive guitar. The stated intention on this disc was to present the songs in a stripped-down and intimate format which has been done successfully, but I would have liked some tracks to be a bit punchier with a bit more swing, to provide greater variety. However generally the CD makes for good listening.
The opener is Fly Me To The Moon with a bell-like guitar and a gentle vocals, which makes a change from the usually brisk way this song is performed.  Beautiful Love is livelier with a jazzy guitar solo and just the right amount of improvisation in the vocals.  Wash Me Clean is almost hymn-like, which suits the words, but One Fine Day is a track which would have benefited from a livelier interpretation.  On the other hand Until It’s Time For You To Go is well suited to the intimate style of presentation.  The disc also includes Just Say I Love Him; Try Your Wings and People Will Say We’re In Love, 10 tracks in all, with lots of space for guitar solos from a jazz guitarist who knows his stuff.
Kelley Suttenfield and Tony Romano - Among The Stars is to be released on September 30.  See www.kelleysuttenfield.com
Ann Alex.

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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.
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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.)
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