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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Ruth Lambert & Mick Shoulder @ Jazz Café - March 7.

Ruth Lambert (vcl) and Mick Shoulder (bs)
(Review by Kath J/photo by Mike Tilley ).
The regular Saturday night ‘Duo Gig’ at the Jazz Café brought another first for two eminent local musicians. Following in the footsteps of artists such as Diana Krall [yet to play the Caff] and our own local lass Zoe Gilby, both of whom understand the vulnerability of being so exposed, Ruth Lambert and Mick Shoulder picked up the gauntlet and excelled in this new venture. With just Voice and Double Bass there is nowhere to hide but, to their credit, they didn't need to (hide)!   
The jazz Café was well populated with most seats taken, and a few standing at the bar, a different but very attentive audience compared to the usual barflies found at this location on a Saturday evening.  The gentle, warm, mellow, tones of Mick’s Bass, complemented Ruth’s versatile voice perfectly and there were some outstanding solos from this accomplished player. 
Ruth’s consummate ability  and experience shone through the 21 numbers that demonstrated the duo’s flexibility in a varied set that ranged from beautiful ballads like Jolene, through a few of the standards from the gasbook, to a  superfast upbeat version of One Note Samba…  My personal favourites were Bye Bye Blackbird, The Snake, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, (Mick’s arrangement was superb) and Love Me or Leave Me…  Oh and a breathtakingly, sleazy ballad version of Love for Sale; an utter joy to hear!
Kath.

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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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