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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 Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Blue Jazz Quintet @ The Globe. Oct 11.

Chris Finch (keys); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (tenor sax); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
The second jazz venture for the Globe.  Last week I excused myself for a truncated review because of too much dancing.  This time I found myself taking the door money, but I still managed to at least hear the band from my seat, thank goodness, rather like listening to a CD.  And the listening was good with the band in fine form. It was probably the last appearance for Chris, before he moves to Worcester, and he’s also to become a Dad very soon, so changes are afoot.
They began with an interesting version of Softly As In A Morning Sunrise.  I say interesting because this was anything but soft, it was full on with sax solos and quite fast, a different way to do it.  In fact it sounded like solos all round, stomping keys, then 4’s galore.  There followed West Coast Blues; a Latin number I should remember; then a composition by Chris Feeling Wise, which was quite a swinger.  The next number had the saxes playing an eastern type of harmony, (an effect I love); then came East Of The Sun; My Funny Valentine; another tune which escapes me; Bernie’s Tune (I wished they’d had a singer to do the silly words).  The set rounded off with So What, a very enjoyable set it was too with lots of soloing and some tunes I hadn’t heard from the band before. The Metro called me home before the second set began.
The Globe is well worth a visit.  There is still a bit of building work to complete, eg the lift is not yet installed, but don’t let any of that stop you.  The atmosphere is quite like Keith Crombie’s Jazz Cafe, low lights, recycled tables and chairs, and candles and lamps.  Psychedelic patterns were playing on the walls where I sat, and I swear it wasn’t the drink, and it reminded me of parties of my younger days.  I’d better stop now!
Ann Alex

3 comments :

  1. You've started so you must finish. Tell us about those parties...

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  2. Lance, What, do you want the blog to be closed down!
    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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