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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 Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. 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, January 25, 2015

Don Forbes & Alan Law @:Jazz Café - January 24

 Don Forbes (tpt) Alan Law (pno)
(Review by Kath J.)
Arrived at The Jazz Café just in time to bag 2 comfy seats at the front with some jazz buddies as the exquisite  tones of Don’s trumpet  was rising, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Don seems to like to set the standard as he has in the past by starting off with this lovely tune .  What’s New and Sonny Rollins’ The Bridge, were followed by a delightful  Don Forbes original called Little Blue Eyes, and a beautifully played, I Remember Clifford.
Stan Tracey was featured on several occasions over the course of the evening, as we bobbed along with No Good Boyo, closely followed by more melodic Pen Pals.  Another favourite influence of Don’s were Emcee Five, and he paid tribute to this Newcastle band with Hobson’s Choice… Not that being there to hear it was Hobson’s Choice for anyone in the very appreciative crowd, the Café was pretty full and the crowd were enjoying the music as the first set came to an end with Tenderly.
A brief interval as the boys had a few minutes chat and catch up with some friends and then back in the hot seats for a lively Horace Silver number, as The St Vitas Dance opened the second set.  Next up was a tune that displayed the skilful tinkling of keys from Alan Law, changing the tempo to Bill Evans’ lovely ballad, My Foolish Heart that floated around the café.  Another tempo change to a Latin groove with a Dizzy Gillespie tune that I didn’t quite catch the name of, and then it was back to Stan Tracey for I Lost My Step in Nantucket.  As the evening drew closer to the end, and the patron numbers began to dwindle in the café, Don dropped in another original that Suspended Belief,  leading us on to the final number a Freddie Hubbard tune Up Jumped Spring. Thanks guys, a most enjoyable evening of fine music and friends.
Kath.

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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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