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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010.

10:00pm. Free.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CD Review: Benny Sharoni - Slant Signature

Benny Sharoni (ten); Jim Rotondi (tpt); Joe Barbato (pno); Mike Mele (gtr); Todd Baker (bs); Steve Langone (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Another absolute dream of an album from across the pond - Boston to be precise. Because of Berklee College, Boston could be said to be the breeding ground of jazz today just as New Orleans was at the turn of the century although, in actual fact, Sharoni only hung around the college for one semester - too free spirited, he said, to thrive while there.
This/these guy(s) deserve to be internationally renowned but, sadly, without sites such as this and others around the world, the chances are probably slight.
Sharoni has a Rollins' sound, albeit not quite as abrasive, that enables him to wander back and forward in time. It's bebop for today and it swings enough to repel any boarders from "The Outside".
Think Blue Note - it's no coincidence that, among Sharoni's originals are Freddie Hubbard's Down Under; Leo Morgan's Ceora (sumptuous, like strawberries and cream on a summer's day) and Ray Bryant's Tonk a number that launches Rotondi into a solo that hits the button without losing its lyricism. Needless to say Barbato and Sharoni are in there pitching.
Listening to the originals, and they really are originals, makes me wonder why they aren't playing festivals and clubs all over the world!
My worthy constituent Russell informs me that The Bodega, a bar  in Newcastle, serves the finest pint of Prince Bishop Ale in town. By coincidence, one of Sharoni's compositions is titled The Bodega! and, take it from me that if the beer is as good as this track, then it will indeed be Nectar +!
Lance.
As a matter of interest - particularly to sax players - the title of the CD Slant Signature relates to a much sort after Otto Link hard rubber mouthpiece from the 1940s which, if you can find one, might set you back a $1000. Sharoni got one for 10 bucks off a street vendor on Cape Cod!

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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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