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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, September 28, 2014

Alex Baker Quartet @ The Jazz Café. September 27

Alex Baker (tenor saxophone), Dean Stockdale (keyboards), Amy Baker (electric bass) & Stephen Fletcher (drums)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Saturday night in the Jazz Café and a good crowd (some new faces) turned out to hear Alex Baker. The self effacing tenor man emerged from the ranks of the Durham County Youth Big Band, relocated to Sheffield and makes oh-so-rare appearances as a member of the Durham County’s alumni band.
Baker’s quartet hails from the land of the Prince Bishops (sister Amy from the same household!) and this Jazz Café engagement marked the band’s Tyneside debut. Pianist Dean Stockdale is a familiar face on the Newcastle scene and it came as something of a surprise that he chose to play his keyboard rather than make use if the Caff’s upright. No matter, his playing reaffirmed his undoubted talents, sight-reading some of the material at a moment’s notice (it – A Moments Notice –  was heard later in the evening). Baker possesses a beautiful, warm sound founded on secure technique. Playing acoustically, eschewing announcements (the betting is a painfully shy man hides behind his Selmer Mark VI), Baker’s tenor did the talking. Coltrane featured, as did a sprinkling of standards. Giant Steps, with its Baker-Fletcher tenor-drums intro, flew high, the fabulous Amy Baker and Stockdale on the runway, ready to join them, the mastery of it being Baker’s unhurried phrasing at full throttle. Solar and a subtle reading of Body and Soul (Stockdale’s playful incorporation of Singing in the Rain and Fletcher’s brushes) would have made a Queen of Jazz purr with pleasure.
Second set Baker emerged, reluctantly, from behind the security of his tenor to speak briefly, at one point telling of a recent trip to Preservation Hall, New Orleans. He played St James’ Infirmary – fabulously funereal. Hearing You Don’t Know What Love Is wouldn’t have been out of place in mid-sixties Ronnie Scott’s a la Zoot and co. Seven Steps to Heaven sizzled, fine playing all round and the set closer, the little-heard On a Misty Night brought deserved applause, so much so Baker won an encore and played a killing Mr PC. The next time Alex Baker plays the Jazz Café get there early to claim a front row seat.                     
Russell.

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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.)
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