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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).

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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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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 15, 2014

Kate Daniels Quartet @ Lit & Phil - November 14.

Kate Daniels (vcl); John Horler (pno); Alec Dankworth (bs); Graham Pike (hca/tpt/flug).
(Review/photo by Lance).
I'd put my head on the block, my heart on my sleeve, my...well never mind.. but, after hearing Kate's CD - Atmospherics - I was so knocked out I wanted the world to know! Then came the downside, would her live performance live up to the recording? Would local jazz fans follow my lead?
They Did!
Did they regret it?
They most certainly did not!
Kate has this quality that few singers possess - light and shade. The wistful, little girl soprano, the almost masculine baritone which, combined, often in the same phrase - or syllable! -  make for a rare delivery.
Songs from the GASbook - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; I Thought About You; Night and Day: Slap That Bass; But Beautiful (some audience interchange re the "Road" films); and a 16 bar blues by Horler that was near enough as much an emotional experience as the vocal numbers were!.
Like on the recording, the noir theme was there. Get Out of Town - it would seem that some of those who should have been there took her advice but that was their loss! Dankworth, a tower of strength throughout, brought it in. Pike, this time playing "air trumpet" - only the sound of breathing coming through the bell.- as Kate gently sang the evocative Porter lyric. It was great but, imagine it being sung in near darkness - that would have been noir! As it was, Pike's flugel solo negotiated the mean streets without getting mugged (or handbagged!)
Blue Skies opened up the second set followed by Comes Love (If you hear the bailiff knocking you can hide behind the door). Take Five (never knew it had words!) and then - and then - Cy Coleman's I Walk a Little Faster. It had been a great gig up to this point but now - all bets were off - this was the one! Not just the winsome vocal, the bass and the simpatico accompaniment but Pike's flugel solo (again) elevated it up to the next cloud!
Witchcraft; my favourite "Desert song" - Night in Tunisia (Pike on harmonica!!) then You Must Believe in Spring - this ranks alongside Blossom's version;  A Train and the encore, Whisper Not, rounded off a "Grand Night for S(w)inging" and a beautiful night for jazz.at the ([lit and) phil.
Now let's see, who wasn't there! Just as well you guys didn't show as they were running out of chairs!
Lance.
PS: On piano Horler was superb!.
PPS: And Kate looked gorgeous in her LBD!

6 comments :

  1. She sounds great, Lance. And one for anoraks: I wonder if a reader has a judgment on "hca" versus "hmca" as abbreviation for harmonica...

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  2. I walk a little faster, a beautiful number, so true of anyone in that state of mind

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  3. In the folk music world, harmonicas are called harps or gob irons.

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  4. Ann, "harp" refers to the 8 hole diatonic harmonica which is the instrument most commonly used by folkies and bluesmen (Bob Dylan, Sonny Terry etc). The term "harmonica" usually means the 16 hole chromatic instrument as used by Larry Adler, Max Geldray (remember him on the Goon Show?) and locally by Ray Burns and Brian Lynam.
    I've never heard it called a "Gob Iron" although, years ago, clarinets were often known as "Gob sticks" and I suppose this is another example of the other genres hanging on to the shirt-tails of the jazz scene.
    I remember, years ago when we were saying "gigs" the young aspiring popsters would say "bookings". Now they all say gigs - usually followed by a sigh felt "where"?

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  5. Lance, Very interesting. The instrument played by Larry Adler does seem to have a fuller sound than that played by folkies, so what you say makes sense.Come to BSH for your musical education.
    Ann Alex

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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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