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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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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Sunday, February 08, 2015

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall.Feb. 7.

Graham Hardy, Alisdair Lord (tpt); Neville Hartley (tmb); Gavin Lee, Jim McBriarty, Alan Marshall, Steve Andrews (reeds);  Ian Wynne (pno); Phil Rutherford(sousa); Keith Stephen (bjo/gtr) Steve Doyle (dms); Caroline Iwin (vcl) + Keith Nichols (pno/vcl); Nick Ward (dms); FransSjöstrom  (bs sax).
(Review by George Watt).
February 7 and another sell out for the New Century Ragtime Orchestra at Gateshead's Caedmon Hall  Filled to capacity with enthusiasts of this band of musicians who gave presentations of tunes to which our great - grandparents tapped their to feet a 100 years ago.
A few changes have taken place in the line-up with trombonist Don Fairley retiring from the band. His old friend and look-a-like Neville Hartley vacates the piano stool to join the brass. The vacancy at the keyboard brings the exiting young talent of Ian Wynne. Another change is the hair colouring of singer Caroline Irwin who is now an even more striking brunette.
Guesting on bass saxophone was Frans Sjöstrom  who comes from Sweden. He probably uses the instrument as a submarine it is so large. Another guest was Nick Ward whose subtle drum work was stunning. Topping the visitors list was Keith Nichols who enchanted us all with his stride piano playing and musical monologues. We are indeed fortunate to have such a band on our doorstep.
George W.

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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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