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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Monday, February 02, 2015

CD review: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band – Strictly Smokin’ Big Band

(Review by Russell)
A six track CD. The then (2014) regular line-up went into Loft Studios in Newcastle to document the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s efforts to date. The 2015 personnel remains largely unchanged. The band’s many followers know how good the live experience is – every single one of them will want a copy of this Strictly Smokin’ Big Band CD. That’s an initial pressing of 10,000 then (conservative estimate)!
Caravan opens the recording with solos from Pete Tanton, Paul Gowland and Pawel Jedrzejewski. It’s a simple statement: This is what we do. Vocalist James Hedley sings Feeling Good (Newley, Bricusse) with a superb trumpet section behind him. This is one of the band’s strongest numbers (live or studio). Lindsay Hannon makes the first of two appearances on Alright, Okay, You Win and vocal sparring partner Hedley returns to say It Had to be You with a big Hollywood-style orchestral entrance; a second’s silence then the debonair Hedley opines It Had to be You. Big arrangement, big playing, all on a shoe-string budget! A dance band swing time Have You Met Miss Jones? hears the band in relaxed mood, showing off the talents of the full ensemble (Toms, tenor and MD Lamb on trumpet). Ms Hannon takes it out on Makin’ Whoopee. Six tracks, twenty minutes, an excellent example of just what the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band is about. Buy it, play it, see the band live. www.strictly-smokin.co.uk
Russell.
Steve Summers, Keith Robinson (alt); Paul Gowland , Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Gordon Marshall, Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Dick Stacey (tpt); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, Robert Perry, John Flood (tmb); Marc Jolliffe (pno); Pawel Jedrzejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms); Lindsay Hannon & James Hedley (vocals).

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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.)
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