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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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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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

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Black Horse, Monkseaton. March 13

 Maureen Hall (vocals), Gavin Lee (soprano saxophone), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Jim McKeown (drums) + Chris Hodgkins (trumpet), Teresa Armstrong (vocals) & Joan Armstrong (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Vocalist Maureen Hall has maintained a Friday lunchtime session for several years down at the coast. The Black Horse in Monkseaton (currently to let to an enterprising publican) is one of those venues where the management let the musicians get on with it.
Hall has an enviable frontline working with her; veteran trombonist Don Fairley and Shotton Colliery reeds’ virtuoso Gavin Lee. As ever, one or two sitters-in were hoping to get the call and a national ‘name’ from the jazz world turned up looking to have a blow. Rendezvous Jazz’ Dixie-plus repertoire entertained the regulars and the pool sharks in the adjoining bar didn’t seem to mind the background music as they knocked the ball around the table. When You and I Were Young, Maggie kicked-off and Hall sang Ace in the Hole with the all-seated frontline. Come to think about it, the whole band adopted a sedentary  position as is the tradition at Preservation Hall (Maureen Hall has had the great honour of singing at the tourists’ home of N’Awlins jazz). Black and Blue was just so, followed by a bout of hilarity as Blue Skies was announced as ‘tempting providence’ with the hard-of- hearing Roy Gibson thinking the ‘provi’ was being discussed!
Drummer Jim McKeown brushed effectively on There Will Never Be Another You and a favourite of Hall’s – Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – found favour with the audience. Second set (raffle prizes proved elusive), bandleader Hall welcomed trumpeter Chris Hodgkins to the stand (carpet) to play a few tunes. The former supremo of Jazz Services proved his worth on Struttin’ With Some Barbecue  
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.)
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