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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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Paul Skerritt Band @ Ashington Jazz Club - February 4

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (keys); Anthony Ord (bs gtr); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Peter Sanderson)
The AJC may not be Caesar's Palace nor the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas but a full house turned out for the return of the Paul Skerritt Band. These young musicians gave the members an explosive, energetic and exciting rendition of the music we love to hear. Paul expressed the lyrics with a mix of twenty one classic songs nicely blended with those from  more recent times. 
The vibrancy of the melodies supported so effectively by the swinging trio gave an embracing performance of calculated interplay of instruments while the energy and creativity of the improvisations displayed respect for the composers of the music. The attraction of this band  is the energetic youthfulness and intuitive understanding of this art form. If the future of this quality music is to continue then it is satisfying to know that it is in the safe joyful hands of these capable young men.
PROGRAMME-Come Fly With Me; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Have You Met Miss Jones?; It Don't Mean a Thing, Cheek to Cheek, Love, You're the One For Me, Black and Gold,  The Gentleman/Lady is a Tramp, King of the Swingers, Stepping Out With my Baby, Ain't  No Sunshine, Goody  Goody, Feeling Good; Almost Like Being in Love, Sway; Bring me Down; Crazy Little Thing Called LLove, American Girl, Play That Funky Music White Boy..
NEXT MEETING---Wednesday , 4th March 2015 in the Elephant at 8.00 p.m.            
Lindsay Hannon Plus  with once again James Harrison on Keys.  
See you there, 
Peter S.

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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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