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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Monday, November 03, 2014

James Harrison, Ian Simpson and Friends at The Jazz Café - November 1

James Harrison (pno); Ian Simpson (gtr). + David Gray (tpt/tmb); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl).
(Review by Kath J).
A night out with my pal Kathryn Lowdon, we popped into the Jazz Café to hear a Saturday night duo of James Harrison and Ian Simpson… but this was to be a night of surprises, with several friends being asked to join the guys over the course of the evening.   I had no plans to review this evening, but by the end, I thought it deserved something appropriate to go on the blog, so I snaffled James’s set list so that I could relay the tunes played with some accuracy… although I have to be honest and say it would be difficult for me to pick out solos… they were all fab, and my memory ain’t that good!

Move Along set us away, quickly followed by Well You Needn’t and There Will Never Be Another You. The skill of these talented young musicians is evident, and it is not surprising that they play so well together; these boys having recently completed a 3 year music degree together.  They were joined numerous times during this first set by David Grey who displayed his talents on both Trumpet and Trombone during several of the tunes and was a delight to hear.  The remaining tunes in the first set were:  I Won’t Last A Day, St James Infirmary, St Denis, Obsession, Midnight Blue and It’s a  Funk Thing .

Set two commenced as the lads went on to Pass the Peas, a couple of well-known standards, Lady Be Good and One Note Samba were skilfully executed before  Belinda Voshtina joined in them to sing  Manhã de Carnaval (A Day in the Life of a Fool)  in her mother tongue.  Next came The Chicken, and David Grey popped up again to play along In a Mellowtone, Affirmation and the last number of the night, “a blues thing” displaying improvisation at its best from all of the musicians plus Kathryn Lowdon, who surprised the audience with her powerful bluesy soulful voice… wow what an end to a really enjoyable night!


Kath.

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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.
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