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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 Wednesday February 22

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.
Lindsay Hannon - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8ppm. £4 (Students free).
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Cancelled this week only. Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Cancelled.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Noel Dennis Plays the Music of Tom Harrell @ The Bridge. September 7.

Noel Dennis (tpt/flg); Paul Edis (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
I hold my hand up and confess that, although I knew the name of Tom Harrell as a prolific Down Beat poll winner, I wasn't actually familiar with his work. After tonight's performance by Noel Dennis this is a hole in my jazz listening experience I must surely rectify.
Noel Dennis, of course, is no stranger. His warm toned, post bop, trumpet playing has long been a corner stone of north east modern jazz and never has he been heard to greater effect than in tonight's concert where he featured several compositions by Tom Harrell.
These included Train Shuffle - a 1993 piece recorded by Harrell with Phil Woods and Joe Lovano (check it out on YouTube) - Little Dancer, a piece in 3/4 with some effective interplay between trumpet and guitar, a switch to flugel for Sail Away, and Hope Street which culminated with Tilbrook at his swingingest best.
I doubt if the band had had much, if any, rehearsal time prior to the gig but the music gelled as if they'd been playing it together for a lifetime. This was no easy task as some of the progressions weren't just 12 bar or rhythm changes but more "interesting" to quote Noel.
Whatever the complexities, needless to say, the five good men and true were well up to the task in hand!
A cracking start to the new Splinter Season.
Lance.
PS: Someone remind me who's on next week.
PPS: JAM SESSION next week.

4 comments :

  1. Apart from the music - what about Ken Drew's photo of the band!

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  2. What about Ken's photo? It's up to his usual standard!

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  3. Of course it is! I just felt it was worth drawing extra attention to it. I'm now starting to use Flikr instead of Picasa for photos which I think is better.
    Opinions anyone?

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  4. Also, of course, a fantastic picture, which I've come to expect from Ken--especially because he always makes me look beautiful (snarf).

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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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