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Bebop Spoken There

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)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Jazz Party - Day 2 [Afternoon] Report. Nov. 8

Determination was called for today - roadworks, delayed Metro, wet weather all combined to make this very much a labour of love!
However, once settled and listening to bass saxophonist Frans Sröjströn relate in words and music the bizarre life of trumpeter Jack Purvis played here by Bent Persson, all the traumas were forgotten!  Purvis, apart from being an excellent trumpet player, was also a conman, burglar, gunrunner and frequent prison inmate. Sröjströn interspersed the stories with the music in an entertaining manner.
Last year the vocal department featured Cécile McLorin Salvant and Daryl Sherman, this year it was Janice Day who avoided comparision with her predecessors by drawing on a repertoire from an earlier era - that of Ruth Etting and Annette Hanshaw. Keith Nichols compered and played piano with a band comprised of Menno Daems (tpt); Graham Hughes (tmb); Mauro Porro (reeds); Emma Fisk (vln); Keith Nichols (pno); Martin Wheatley (bjo/gtr); Malcolm Sked (bs); Richard Pite (dms).
Ms Day captured the era perfectly.
Clarinetitis paid tribute to Johnny Dodds in a session that, at times, featured 3 banjos and a washboard!
A cracking set and when Enrico Tomasso took centre stage - his trumpet seemed to literally lift the already musically elevated ensemble even higher. Banjos? Bring 'em on!
Later, whilst manning the Book and CD stall (talk about a kid in a sweet shop!) regular Jazz Party visitor from Highgate, Ruth Hazeldine, stated that you hear better New Orleans jazz in Whitley Bay than you do in New Orleans!
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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