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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).

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

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
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.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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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, 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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