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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Friday, September 05, 2014

Did The Venerable Bede like Jazz?

Three Italian musicians (sorry don’t know your names) on keys, clarinet and trumpet, Hildy Harland (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
It must be the sort of unusual entertainments that I attend, but I find that jazz keeps popping up in the most unlikely places.  This time it was at an event at Bedes World last night, involving readings and plainsong about Bede’s life and writings.  These were performed by a group which meets there regularly, Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir.  Very interesting stuff as you can imagine. Plainsong must surely be one of the most spiritually serene forms of music ever, and Bede was the foremost intellect of his day (673-735).  The Jarrow monastery was the place to be in those times.
This music was followed by The Bede Concerto, a piece for keyboards and synthesizer by musician Ron Smith, which was a contemporary classical piece in 3 movements, illustrated by photos from the museum. 
Just as it was time for home (or so I thought) up stepped the Italian jazz musicans, who are actually part of a visiting 35-strong wind concert band from Tuscany, who normally play a wide range of all sorts of music.  Autumn Leaves was followed by a tricky tune that I should have recognised but didn’t, so it was probably from the bebop era. It Had To Be You had the trumpet musically flirting with the clarinet, the male and female players chasing each other round the stage, heads together then apart.  Up stepped Hildy, who gave us a lovely rendering of Summertime (sorry Lance!), sweet-voiced but with delicious rich low notes.  This was an eye-opemer as I saw this singer at my local pub a few months back, doing her first ever gig, and she’d improved so much that it was an absolute joy.  The short concert ended with a spirited Girl From Ipanema.
You can catch the whole band in a concert at South Shields Town Hall this evening, (Friday).
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.
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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