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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 Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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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

Jason Isaacs & Zita Frith @ Bonbar March 29.

Jason Isaacs (vcl/ten); Mark Webb, Darren Irwin (tpt); Dave Brock  (tmb); Andy Bennett, Ray Dales (reeds); Stuart Collingwood (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Simon Ferry (dms) + Zita Frith (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
A Jason Isaacs' show isn't just another gig it's an occasion - a happening! The songs and the routines may be familiar but, somehow, he makes you think you're hearing them for the first time, such is the man's charismatic appeal. 
Tramp; Beyond the Sea; Kick in the Head; Minnie the Moocher; That's Life; Leroy Brown and many more made this a ring-a-ding-ding of a show.
A tribute to Francis Albert (Weren't they all?) with You Make me Feel so Young brought Songs For Swinging Lovers to mind, the Nelson Riddle arrangement cleverly orchestrated for the octet - I think piano may have commandeered the flute passage. I say 'may have' as a group at the bar were more intent on hearing their own voices than Jason's meaning some of the nuances were lost for the serious listener.
Send in the Clowns almost tempted me to call out that they were already here. I didn't but, at the conclusion of the beautifully rendered Sondheim classic, Jason did address another noisy group (sitting in the 'posh end' too) saying, "You've been talking for two hours, can you not shut up for three minutes!"
However, these were but minor irritations in an evening that never dragged. Harry Connick Jr's We Are in Love from the film When Harry Met Sally floored me! A tune I knew but hadn't previously paid much attention to - I paid attention to it tonight!
One of the other highlights was a cameo appearance by Zita Frith, formerly of Frith Street, a band doing the rounds a few year's back, who came close to upstaging the great man himself!
Fever â la Peggy and Get Happy â la Judy had the crowd yelling for more which they got in the form of a duet by Jason and Zita on Me and my Shadow.
Zita - who along with friend Peter, Bob Gladwin former singer and head honcho of Beverly Artists, Tom and Kirsten, shared our table - will be singing in the Redwood Bar of the Vermont Hotel* on April 10 which, unfortunately clashes with GIJF.
The following day, April 11, Jason makes a return trip to London's Boisdale. Situated in the Canary Wharf shopping complex, Boisdale is a great venue and the 'canary' with Jason at Canary Wharf is Faye Tozer well worth a trip down - just a shame it had to clash with the jazz festival at Sage Gateshead.
To sum up this evening - convivial company, good food and great music.
Lance.
*More on the Vermont Hotel shortly.

6 comments :

  1. Apologies for initially referring to Zita as Vita - the world, and Dolly the Dog, have brought me to heel on this - next time, the Pedigree Chum's on me! BTW - Now corrected!

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  2. just listened to Connick's version as you suggest Lance, a real swinging affair & loved the big band...great number, cannot think how it had slipped into my past memory!

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  3. Hope you'll hear Jason's version sometime! It's a great song that should have been covered by every crooner in the land!

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  4. correct, but probably a bit daunting as the lyrics are demanding!

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  5. Have you also got a dog named Dolly??? What a crazy coincidence... X

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  6. No, but I knew you had - I'm a cat person!

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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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