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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.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The King’s Hall, Newcastle University. Feb 5

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell).
A one hour lunchtime set in the King’s Hall from one of the best working units in jazz today, the Graeme Wilson Quartet presented material familiar to many of the quartet’s supporters, and those new to it became instant fans of the music and the musicians. An attentive, near-capacity audience heard six of Wilson’s compositions performed with a rare level of empathy – the result of many a gig together on Tyneside and beyond.
Street of Furs and Pleaseureland – one upbeat, the other mellow – served to illustrate a creative mind at work; Wilson’s instantly recognisable sound heard across a breadth of material. The ballad The Sycamore (one of several Wilson compositions written for and performed by John Warren’s Splinter Group and/or Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra) perhaps took the honours today. The King’s Hall isn’t best suited to drummers (jazz or any other form) and the brilliant Adam Sinclair was heard to best effect using brushes on the ballad. That said, the closing number – Honolulus – despatched any acoustic issues with the most breathtaking, break-neck virtuosity from the Graeme Wilson Quartet.                   
Russell.

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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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