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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Zoe Gilby @ Hoochie Coochie November 2.

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
What can I say? The girl just gets better and better! The originals, the covers and the standards are non pareille.
The originals make me wonder how such a good singer can also create such wonderful lyrics? I mean how many lyrics have Frank, Tony or Ella written? Then you think Peggy - Peggy wrote almost as many songs as she sang so no problem there!
The covers were superb. Kate Bush's The Warm Room, heard many times by both Zoe and Kate, was never more evocative than this... my fingers wanted to linger.. great lyric.
And of course, the tribute to my favourite author - The Midnight Bell  - by Patrick Hamilton.
I wonder if Hamilton has any living relatives? Surely they would love to have this as a musical memory of their long gone relative?
I'm on the case!
But, as always, the originals and the covers,  lose out when the Gasbook plays for keeps!
Caravan set the pace. With Richard aboard the camels and the dromedary almost got it but, That Old Black Magic had everyone in it's spell! If NASA knew how fast Zoe could tongue twist these words her next gig would be on Mars (or in some Galactic bar - Mars, bar, get it!). Attractive as a journey into space maybe I guess Zoe would probably remain on Earth for the 2016 Olympics where spouse Andy is odds on favourite for the Arco Bass-playing 128 bar sprint.
Amazing.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. review at 02:55!! was that a late night or an early morning?
    Liz

    ReplyDelete
  2. Bebop Spoken Here - The blog that never sleeps!
    Gig was late afternoon/early evening.

    ReplyDelete

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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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