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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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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Improvisers Workshop @ Jazz Café - February 10

Andy Champion (bass); Wes Stephenson (drums); Alan Law (keys); Jeff Smith and 2 others (saxes); Simon Stephenson (guitar); Rees ? (Welsh poet); ? (trumpet); Zoe Gilby, Ann Alexander, Julie ? (vocals) - Apologies to people I’ve missed out or misnamed
(Review by Ann Alex).
The atmosphere in the upstairs room is quite different from that downstairs.  Downstairs is light and minimalist but upstairs is dark, spacious, with a partly curtained central area, suitable both for romantic meetings or something more edgy, depending on your mood.  And this entertaining session provided both types of music. 
I entered to banging drums and much sound which later changed to Andy bowing the bass as if it was a giant cello, a very pleasing sound.  Andy organised various groups of players during the first half, including Zoe doing uninhibited vocalisation together with himself hitting the bass with hammers; then Julie performing whispering types of sounds with Alan playing lyrically on keys.  It’s all to do with listening and responding to the others, and sometimes having the courage to change the direction of the music.
For the second half we were placed in duos of like instruments and this produced interesting and sometimes beautiful sounds, especially from the keys and, surprisingly, a lovely bell- like tone from the drummer.  Interest was added by Rees who passionately recited (in Welsh I think) to musical accompaniment. We female vocalists were a threesome, with sounds and words, something about gardens and the devil.  The listeners seemed to enjoy it anyway.
The proceedings were rounded off with everyone in for a free for all, but with rules about not playing at the same time as your partner.
Then we all went home to normal life, but perhaps having been made to consider what music actually is, and how did it all start anyway? 
Ann Alex    

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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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