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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chris Standring Quartet @ The (Jazz Co-op) Globe Jazz Bar - January 17

Chris Standring (gtr); Alex Bennett (keys); Phil Mulford (bs); Jack Pollitt (dms).
(Review/photo by Ken Drew).
Chris Standring attracted a large audience to the Globe – 30+ in pre-sales - with many coming from as far afield as Durham, Teesside and Edinburgh eager to see this popular LA guitarist.  The trio supporting him are from SE England and what a Band they form! As solidly tight and polished as Clark Tracey’s quintet which performed here in November.   
A totally different style to mainstream, straight ahead  or improv jazz, the music was totally funk and groove based (not sure where the Smooth Jazz label comes from) but the audience thoroughly enjoyed the driving funk rhythms.  It’s not a style of jazz I’ve followed – but many obviously do, as seen by the keen attendance of his UK fans here in the North.  Chris lets the groove (along with his loyal archtop Benedetto) do all the talking (“You can never get enough of a good groove.”  says Chris) and together with the whole band produces a mix of soul-funk-jazz overlaid with a rich soundscape of guitar and piano/organ electronica vibe.
Chris’s guitar playing was spot on throughout, playing several techniques with ease across different styles and rhythms, the drumming (Jack Pollitt) was constantly driving yet varied with maestro solos by Alex Bennett on keys and Phil Mulford on bass.  The standout exception to the funk was the Jobim number  How Insensitive in the second set which provided a more gentle pace and a wonderful contrast bringing the guitar (and Chris’s musicianship) centre stage.  
On their way out, the audience had obviously enjoyed the night and those that I spoke to thought making the trip to the Globe Jazz Bar was well worthwhile.  Another successful night, drawing in many new faces to the still-developing venue.
Ken D.

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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.
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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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