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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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Duende @ The Bridge Hotel. March 29

Steve Glendinning (guitar) & Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
As has become the norm, the on-first-name-terms audience turned out to support Splinter @ the Bridge. At short notice Mark Williams helped out friend and fellow guitarist Steve Glendinning when a proposed quartet gig fell through. The prospect of two fine guitarists playing a few tunes together didn't deter the faithful.
Steve Glendinning took the lead on the opening number Stella by Starlight. SG can play! Mark Williams took up the challenge and typical of the self-effacing Irishman, laid down an equally impressive solo. 
MW examined My Favourite Things and SG offered a second opinion on the standard. SG suggested a ballad – Bill Evans’ Time Remembered. MW is a man of few words, he nodded agreement and they played most sensitively. The ‘gig’ was, in essence, more ‘recital’, ‘jazz guitar recital’ at that. My Funny Valentine heard SG, then MW, the bass strings accompaniment of both men a delight. Pat Metheny’s Hermitage (a Metheny tune is all but compulsory!) closed a fine first set.
Second set. A bossa, a waltz.  A disinterested punter or two wandered down to the bar, in so doing distracting those keen to listen. Worse, two tanked-up second-set freeloaders did their best/worst to disturb the collective concentration – what is it with these people? 
Yes, the music…Charlie Haden’s Our Spanish Love Song just about topped the lot. Just about… All the Things You Are concluded the evening and stole the show. Superb playing from two excellent guitarists – Messrs Glendinning and Williams. 
Next Sunday (Easter Sunday), April 5 Tom Harrison (alto) makes a welcome return visit with his quartet.
Russell.

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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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