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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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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 19, 2015

Rural Touring with the Nicola Farnon Trio - Dates for your Diary

Nicola Farnon Trio
This close-knit, swinging outfit play classy arrangements of popular standards and a mix of swing, Latin and the moving, heart rending ballads that people never tire of. With Nicola Farnon (vocals and double bass), Piero Tucci (piano and tenor sax) and Phil Johnson (drums), you get a lot of musical talent for such a small band.  A joyfully entertaining evening of music and melody to swing yer socks off to.
Sheffields Nicola Farnon manages to combine her exceptional talents of singing and playing bass with a delightfully original and very inclusively warm and witty performance: Piero Tucci - 'a jazzer's dream, as unpretentiously skilful on keys as he is on sax’ -  is breathtaking to not just listen to but watch, especially when he decides to play both instruments simultaneously and Phil Johnson drives the whole performance with an intense and propulsive drumming method which still retains a sensitivity that allows the overall song to shine through. These three musicians combine to give a performance that will startle audiences with its genuine love of music and melody.
Tour Dates.
Northumberland
Saturday 21st March 7.30pm                        Howick Village Hall  Howick Village, nr Alnwick NE66 3LE
Tickets: £8/£4 child/ £20 family                 Bookings: 01665 577 384  or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Sunday 22nd March 7.30pm                          Holy Cross Church  Haltwhistle, NE49 0BL
£7.50/£6.50 child/£18 family                       Bookings:  01434 320 260 or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Sunday 29th March 7.30pm                           Holy Trinity Church, Matfen NE20 0TF
Tickets: £10/ £6 child                                      Bookings: 01661 886 592 or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Cumbria & Durham
Thursday 19th March 7.30pm                       Dufton Village Hall  Dufton, Appleby, Cumbria CA1 6DB
£8/ £4 child/ £20 family                                 Bookings: 01768 352 902

Friday 20th March 8pm                                   Levens Village Institute  Levens, Cumbria LA8 8NL
£8/ £4 child £20 family                                   Bookings: 015935 60534  or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Friday 27th March 8pm                                   Threlkeld  Village Hall  Threlkeld, Penrith, Cumbria CA12 4RX
£7.50/ £4 child/ £19 family                           Bookings:  017687 79536  or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Saturday 28th March 8pm                              Garrigill Village Hall  Garrigill, Cumbria CA9 3DS

£10/ £7 child/ £30 family                              Bookings: 01434 647516  or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

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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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