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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)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 28, 2014

SSBB/Jamie Toms @ The Millstone November 27

SSBB - Michael Lamb , Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey, Chris Gray (tpts); Sarah Boult, David Holman, John Lord, Mark Ferris, Keiran Parnaby (perm any 4 from 5) (tmbs); Keith Robinson, Steve Summers (alt); Jamie Toms, Paul Gowland (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Graham Don (pno); Michael Whent (bs); Pawel Jedrejewski (gtr); Dave McKeague (dms); Lindsay Hannon, Guy Swinton (vcls).
Jamie Toms Quintet - Toms (ten); ?(bs); Pawel Jedrejewski (gtr); Dave McKeague (dms); ? (keys).
(Review by Lance).
No, I haven't got it wrong! Tonight, Guy Swinton vacated the drums for the male vocal chair and handed over the announcing to Pete Tanton. Both performed well in their new roles!
A good mixed program varying from the familiar to the first time - test your sight reading chaps - pieces. Drummer McKeague played the first set without the drum pad and still managed to swing the band - maybe that's why!
Without mics, at times the sax soloists were struggling to be heard over the ensembles but eventually a balance was found. Lindsay sang from the tried and tested and sang well  and not only is Guy Swinton a better drummer than Ringo, he's also a better singer!
As befits Thanksgiving Day, American trumpeter Tanton was in top form both soloing and announcing. Leader Lamb also blistered.
The big band set was followed by a set from Jamie Toms that, for some reason, wasn't announced so that by the time they kicked off most of the uninformed audience had left!
I too had a bus to catch but what I heard sounded good.
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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