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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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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