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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 Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - February 17

I arrived at "The Caff"" only to find the "Press Box" and other ringside seats occupied and unfortunately found myself relegated to the "Talking Area"! So, as such, a proper review is impossible therefore I'll content myself to a few observations.
Although disappointed at not being among the action what I did hear sounded good - indeed my fellow scribe, Russell, considered this the best ever Tuesday Jam at the Pink Lane Hot House and he could well be right.
A welcome return to Newcastle by Claire Kelly whose travels read like a catalogue of the Crosby/Hope Road films and she did look a bit like Dorothy Lamour and sung even better!
Guitarists Tom Lapworth and Bradley Johnston created a first when their version of Loverman brought the room to almost complete silence - almost!
So many musicians in tonight they were queing round the block to blow (or maybe it was for a smoke!)
If you think our policemen are getting younger - they're old men compared to the current crop of jazz musicians sprouting up!
A superb evening.
Next Jam is on March 3 but don't miss Tom Green Sextet next week.
Lance.
Photo: Paul Edis, Paul Grainger, Rob Bates.

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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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