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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

CD Review: Jennie Marie Hammond & The Quiet Band - Lullabies & Dreams..

Jennie Marie Hammond (vcl); Mark Chandler (tpt/flug); Mike Hope (ten); Sean Miller (pno); Richard Hammond (bs); Dom Sales (dms/perc).
(Review by Lance).
A delicate, fey, offering that is totally laid back in the best traditions of Astrud and Blossom.
"I wanted to make a jazz album that could lull my baby girl to sleep." So states drummer, bandleader and founder of the Jellymould Jazz record label, Dom Sales.

An unusual conception that could backfire and put the parents and the kids to sleep! More likely, it will send the adults to put some older, other people's, 'babies' to bed but not necessarily to sleep! It's that kind of disc - a natural follow on to a genre that perhaps began with In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning! It's cool, smoky, sultry, the kind of disc tailor-made for the reflecting, inner soul-searching that comes at the end of an evening that may have been very satisfying or - very frustrating! A nightcap, a fridge raid or maybe a phone call you will regret come the dawn. It's that kind of disc and I love it!
Jennie Marie, says Mike Hope, the Getzian tenor player on the album, is one of the most underrated singers on the planet. Well, whilst that is hardly an underpopulated area of Earth, it is one where Ms Hammond justifiably belongs.
The voice is the one you want to hear late night. The tenor is as cool as the iciest cuba libre, the flugel the plaintive cry in the night, piano bass and drums the reassurance you need at times like this - and the tunes!
Just look at the menu!
Corcavado, When You Wish Upon a Star, Sleeping Bee, Hushabye Mountain, It's Only a Peper Moon, Moonlight in Vermont, Wave, Lullabies & Dreams (original), Stardust, Alice in Wionderland, I See the Moon (honestly!) & White Christmas!
This goes on the car stereo tomorrow - so, if I offer you a lift, beware, I will not hold myself responsible for your actions!
Good job the kids are sound asleep!
Jennie Marie Hammond & The Quiet Band - Lullabies & Dreams is released on December 8 on Jellymouldjazz..
Lance.

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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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