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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jazz Coop @ The Globe: Debra Milne Ensemble – March 21

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Debra Milne has become an assured jazz singer with a sweet clear voice and songs meaningfully expressed, and this performance was a joy to hear, with all four of the band contributing well. She wore a dress bearing large yellow flowers which chimed in well with the Latin numbers in the varied programme. The men wore jeans and dark shirts; (why should only women’s attire be mentioned?)
The songs fairly zinged along, from Have You Met Miss Jones (who became Old Jones) right through to the encore which I heard as I left for the Metro.  In between we had Killer Joe with lyrics by Debra and some excellent heavy metal effects from Steve’s guitar; a lovely slow bossa with an opening light tin-like sound on the drums; Billie's Bounce with more of Debra’s words, fours and vocalese with the bass and the Tom Waits song Temptation - typical Waits, a song of drink and degradation.  The second set included Tight by one of Debra’s favourite singers, Betty Carter, with very tricky timing;  a slinky Pretty Eyes and, unusually, a Jethro Tull number from the 1970’s, Living In The Past. A clever, lively drum solo preceded Caravan, which was the last number before the encore.
Other tunes included, as well as a couple of originals by Debra and Steve, Stay and Blame Game; Lester’s Way; Just You Just Me; Senor Blues; Show Me The Man; Four; a title by Chic Corea that I didn’t catch; It Ain’t Necessarily So; Born To Be Blue and Sting’s Consider Me Gone.
Speaking of being gone, the audience came in fewer numbers than the band deserved, which was a shame for such a good performance, but if you weren't there, well you know what you missed by  reading this account. 
Ann Alex 

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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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