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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 30, 2015

Nicola Farnon Trio @ Holy Trinity Church Matfen - March 29

Nicola Farnon - Vocal, Double Bass, Piero Tucci - Piano, Tenor Sax, Phil Johnson - Drums, Perc
(Review by Ray Robson).
Being lovers of the acoustics a church provides, we were delighted to see that our local "Highlights" group had continued their great support in taking Jazz to local Northumberland communities & had arranged a mini tour for the Nicola Farnon Trio.....we caught up with them in the lovely surroundings of Holy Trinity Church in Matfen. 
Music amplified in a church can produce sound problems at times, but tonight the settings were excellent, & the full Church was treated to the scintillating sound of Nicola's vocals ....she has a voice that captures your attention from the off ....combining her lead vocals with swinging bass playing & with a personality that warms the audience & draws them in close. Peiro Tucci on keyboards gave unpretentiously classy support, swapping to tenor sax with ease, & at one point playing both at once ! Drummer Phil Johnson pushed the beat along, a very sensitive touch providing a foil to the others.
We opened with Let There be Love then, keeping us in a romantic mood, This Can't be Love then a fabulous Summertime. One of Nicola's own compositions next, again beautiful vocals on Perfect Lovely Day. We were On the Sunny Side of the Street then there was No Moon at All before an upbeat samba number Just You, Just Me took us to the break.
A Cha Cha quick tempo The More I See You then Gershwin's Our Love is Here to Stay was followed by the instrumental Take Five, with Piero excelling on TenorSax. A new one for us next, a haunting Abbey Lincoln number Keep Your Hand Open before Ms Farnon wowed us with the old Peggy Lee hit Fever. Next A Beautiful Friendship then we went all Fred Astaire with Cheek to Cheek. All to soon we'd reached the final number, but the trio left us wishing for more with the excellent Billy Taylor classic "BBC Film Show" theme track of I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free.
We were free to go, but we did not want to leave ....everyone had enjoyed an excellent set from three great musicians & there were smiles all round to keep us warm as we ventured out into the cold. The evenings music was nicely complimented by the night sky & the twinkling stars, a sight we city dwellers sadly see so little of !
Struan at Matfen advises us that Jazz will return there in the Summer months, so its well worth the 20 minutes drive from Newcastle to experience the hospitality & good Jazz that we so enjoyed.
Highlights North take entertainment to rural areas across Northumberland, Durham & Cumbria ....life's not all Jazz ....including the marvelous Bedlington Community Centre ...keep tabs on Whats on at http://www.highlightsnorth.co.uk/whats-on-listings.aspx....& for Bedlington 
Ray

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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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