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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 Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

CD Review: Larry Fuller.

Larry Fuller (pno); Hassan Shakur (bs); Greg Hutchinson (dms).
(Review by Dave Brownlow).
Larry Fuller’s second piano trio album as a leader showcases his formidable technique in the mainstream tradition. Fuller, pianist in bassist Ray Brown’s last trio, also worked with Ernestine Anderson and John Pizzarelli among others. There is no doubt that Oscar Peterson is a huge influence on Larry’s style together with other forceful players like Gene Harris and Monty Alexander. The material is all very familiar – three songs from the GASbook, eight jazz classics plus a more contemporary item.
The first three tracks – Porter’s At Long Last Love, Ray Brown’s Parking Lot Blues and Clifford Brown’s Daahoud are uptempo blues-drenched pieces full of “Peterson-like” licks, devices and phrases.
Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now is a gently flowing version in which Fuller reveals much more originality – as he also does on track 5, a moving interpretation of John Lewis’s Django. Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom follows. Here the pianist suggests he has a “direct line” to OP with lots of “blue notes” and clichés.
Three items from Duke Ellington - a thoughtful Reflections In D/Prelude To A Kiss and a rumbustious C Jam Blues. A pensive Old Folks (Willard Robison) subtly changes the mood and is one of the more successful tracks. Burton Lane’s That Old Devil Moon is thoughtfully arranged with excellent support from bass and drums. Here, tension builds to a suitable release (in musical terms of course !)
Johnny Mandel’s Close Enough For Love gives us another example of Fuller’s good taste in handling a ballad – expressive harmonies decorate this fine song - with discreet accompaniment from bass and drums enhancing the performance. Finally, Powell’s Celia is taken at a tempo even Bud himself might balk at. Nonetheless, Larry Fuller’s prodigious technique carries this through with aplomb – clean note-articulation and two handed octave runs being quite striking.. Greg Hutchinson at the drums and Hassan Shakur on bass give excellent support overall.
The CD will be available from Sept. 16 go to caprirecords.com.
Dave B.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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