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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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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Paul Skerritt Band @ Ashington Jazz Club August 6

Paul Skerritt (Vocals), James Harrison Keyboard), Anthony Ord (Bass), Tom Chapman (Drums).
(Review by Peter S.)
The August meeting at the AJC attracted our best audience of the year with the appearance of the Paul Skerritt Band. This was a first time for the Club witnessing an up-front male vocalist singing throughout the evening. Dave Hedley of the River City Jazzmen may have come close to this in the past and occasionally male instrumentalists in other bands vocalized but at this session the voice led from the front.
It was an amazing tribute to the music and swinging era of Frank Sinatra and the lyrical phrase "If you can make it there you can make it anywhere" sums up our view of these remarkable young musicians. They offered a cocktail of favourites presented superbly to a captivated audience. The youthful energy and enthusiasm for the music shone through each joyful performance - a delight for all and for me an uplifting experience as a Sinatra fan. It is encouraging for those of our age to know that our music with its wonderful lyrics can inspire the young of today which they present so skilfully and interpret with so much vigour.
These boys certainly made it in Ashington and we look forward to their return in the new year. They deserve your recognition.
PROGRAMME - I've Got You Under My Skin; Witchcraft;  Cry Me a River; My Funny Valentine, Come Fly With Me; Mr. Saturday Dance (AKA Don’t Get Around Much Any More!); Let There be Love; Georgia on my Mind; The Gentleman is a Tramp; I Want to be Like You; Street Life; I Left my Heart in San Francisco; Satin Doll; Almost Like Being in Love; Orange Coloured Sky; Sway; Secret Love; Play That Funky Music White Boy;  Mack the Knife.
As you can see they also included in their repertoire a variety of other songs related to Nat, Dino, Randy Crawford and more.
I cannot ignore the dexterity and imaginative improvisation of James Harrison on the Roland Keyboard. 
Next Meeting ......Wednesday, September 3 ......Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz at 8.00p.m. at the Elephant.
See you there.
Peter S.                     

1 comment :

  1. What a great selection of ace songs - timeless classics and some fab modern numbers - Play That Funky Music White Boy sung live in Ashington! I wish I could have been there ......

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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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