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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lindsay Hannon/Alan Law @ Jazz Café - Macmillan Cancer Care Coffee Afternoon.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
A coffee afternoon (to allow late night jazzers time to get out of bed) didn't draw the charitably minded members of the community in the numbers anticipated. Perhaps it should have held with tradition and made it a Coffee Morning thus catching the jazz owls before they went to bed! Whatever, if you missed it it was your, and unfortunately, Macmillan Cancer Care's loss.
A chocolate walnut gateaux that probably contained all of the calories in the world went down a treat as did the duo up front.
Alan Law is perhaps the most underrated pianist in town. No bombastic, flamboyant shows of bravado - just gentle, melodic and sympathetic nuances behind Lindsay and only the occasional ff flourish when soloing.
The material was a mix of standards and more contemporary offerings. Cry Me A River is a much maligned song but, when sung by Julie London or Lindsay Hannon, it is a pearl.
Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - a Tom Waits gem  that our girl did justice to. - Cole Porter never got within a mile of a lyric like this!
At Long Last Love saw Asbury Park substituted with Saltwell Park, Leazes Park and various other local parks and Billy Bragg's Saturday Girl, a poetic tale of adolescent love, - We'd sit together in double history twice a week - another one to hit the spot.
All this and chocolate walnut gateaux - I need to lie down!
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. Ah yes - sorry I missed this - and these great songs covered! The Tom Waits one is a masterpiece ..... and to think I didn't get a lick of that choco/walnut delight! Most important of course is the whole reason for the gig - raising ££'s for Macmillan Cancer Care. They do amazing work.

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  2. Just an update we raised 140 pounds for Macmillan, pretty good for a leisurely afternoon.
    Mike

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  3. This was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Lindsay and Alan on top form. I had home made coffee/walnut - it was delicious. Very pleased to hear the amount raised despite such small numbers.
    Jen

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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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