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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Djangologie @ King’s Hall. October 2

Mick Shoulder (double bass), Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar) & Giles Strong (guitar).
(Review by Russell).
The first lunchtime concert performance of the new academic year in King’s Hall. It couldn’t have got off to a better start. The place was packed to the rafters (that’s real   Old School rafters) and fresh-faced first year students in attendance were blown way listening to Djangologie. Wow! These guys are so cool  they said to themselves.

A female guitar student sat two rows from the front. I love Gypsy jazz she said. Bebop Spoken Here wondered if she had previously heard Djangologie. She said she hadn’t. Well, our guitar student was in for a treat. Blues for DR, Swing 39, who could ask for anything more?
Monsieur Mick Shoulder cheekily dismissed ‘70’s housewife favourite’ Sacha Distel, suggesting the Frenchman crooned ‘quite tunelessly’. Monsieur Shoulder was quick to acknowledge him as a fine jazz guitarist. Indeed he was. Check out Monsieur Distel’s jazz chops with John Lewis on the recent vinyl reissue Afternoon in Paris. So, Distel’s Ma Premiere Guitare proved a point; the man could compose (and play), if  not sing!
Cigano Bolero (comp. M.Shoulder) has rightly become a fixture in the set, featuring, as it does, rhythm king Giles Strong taking the lead. James Birkett played a blinder – what’s new? Emma Fisk – is there anyone finer? Nope! You will not hear better.
After the opening number a group of young (primary school) students filed-in, sat on the floor and were transfixed by the music and, quite possibly, perplexed as to how an adult could have such poor command of the French language (Monsieur Shoulder!). Joking aside, the kids from Moorside Community Primary School in Arthur’s Hill loved it!
As a finale, Mire Pral segued into Le Yeux Noir. It works every time – thunderous applause, encore won. Trés bon!   

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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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