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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. 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 16, 2014

Ruth Lambert & Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café. November 15

Ruth Lambert (vcl); Dean Stockdale (pno).
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
‘Have you met Ms Lambert? Mr Stockdale let me introduce you to Ruth Lambert. Ruth, this is Dean. Pleased to meet you’ Saturday night at the Jazz Café, Ruth Lambert, well established on the scene, met up with pianist Dean Stockdale for the first time to play a set of standards. Vocalist Lambert’s pad numbers a couple of hundred songs or so. The newly formed duo talked through a few tunes, scribbled down some favourites and they were ready to go to work.
Like Someone in Love, My Funny Valentine, What is This Thing Called Love? The duo worked well together from the off. Lambert’s distinctive phrasing demands the best of any accompanist and Stockdale was learning on the stand, quickly getting to grips with the vocalist’s magical timing and innate sense of swing. Ms Lambert sings the blues as well as anyone and would you believe it, Stockdale plays a mean piano blues? Lambert, Stockdale and Ms Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man. It was good, real good. The Jazz Café attracts its share of chatter boxes and they were in the mood for some serious chat, chat, chat. Somewhere Over the Rainbow didn’t stop them. Oblivious they were. Perhaps a bottle of Geordie Jazz, the Jazz Café’s exclusive house beer, would miraculously make them stop and listen. No matter, other more discerning folk listened, knowing they were being treated to a GASbook masterclass.
Almost Like Being in Love, Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? (Stockdale went to town on the blues) and Taking a Chance on Love (excellent stride piano) heard the duo at their best, albeit the latter number fell apart at the end. Who cares? For a first meeting this was a fantastic gig,  Autumn Leaves came as a request; Lambert poignantly referred to her friend, the late Paul Gamblin. The tune will, for Ms Lambert, forever be associated with the guitarist. An up tempo number – Come Fly with Me – floated us down to Peru where the air is rarefied (paraphrased!). Has Nelson Riddle’s arrangement ever been bettered?
Teach Me Tonight – the realisation that Lambert can sing this one in a duo and in front of a big band. Class. A dark rendition of Round Midnight (at about eleven) and to close, the upbeat ‘S Wonderful.  ‘S Wonderful indeed.    
If Lambert and Stockdale don’t do it again then I’m Frank Sinatra... Come fly with me, fly me to the…      
Russell.

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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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