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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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jazz Café Chronicle

The duo gig on January 24 at the Jazz Café featuring Graham Hardy and Neil Harland has been rearranged and that date will now showcase Don Forbes (trumpet and flugel) and Alan Law (piano).
Start time is 9pm and admission is free.
Meanwhile, attractions at the Café this week are:
Tuesday January 13 – 8.00pm  Improvisers’ Workshop. Free Admission.
Free-improvisation jam session open to instrumentalists and vocalists from all musical backgrounds. Just bring your instrument and make it up!  Or come and listen. As of this month, sessions will be held in the Cafe’s upstairs venue. (Second Tuesdays.)
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Friday January 16 – 8.00pm  DB Jazz Project £5.00 (£3.00 before 7.30pm)
The DB Jazz Project are relatively new on the North East Jazz scene. They aim to provide excitement and enjoyment, taking inspiration from film soundtracks, rock, and jazz classics. The music is a mix of their own original material and an eclectic mix of reimagined covers from Miles Davis to David Bowie.
David Keighley saxophone; Thomas Macmillan guitar; Adrian Sander bass; Ben Grant drums.
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Saturday January 17 – 9.00pm  James Harrison / Alex Saxon Duo. Free Admission.
An evening with two of the dynamic younger generation of Tyneside jazzers, Alex on sax and flute and virtuoso pianist,James,both graduates of the Sage degree course.
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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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