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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Directed by Tommy Smith present KURT ELLING SWINGS SINATRA


The spring of 2015 is set to burst into wonderful life as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO), now in its twentieth year, and their very special guest Kurt Elling celebrate the birth centenary of a truly household name in popular music, Frank Sinatra
Sinatra has been called many things, from “The Voice of the Century” to “An Act You Can’t Follow”. That has not stopped imitators and emulators from trying, and for the most part failing. It takes a great voice to sing remotely like Sinatra, but it takes a great jazz voice to know Sinatra. Kurt Elling, perhaps the foremost jazz vocalist of his generation, is that voice. 
Kurt Elling is a Grammy Award winner, a major force in vocal jazz and an international star. More than that, he is a warm communicator who uses his four-octave skills to ensure that a lyric is more than a mere companion to melody. In his care, words are expressed as notes, and notes are expressed as words. And every word counts.
Sinatra once explained, “I take a sheet with just the lyrics. No music. At that point I’m looking at a poem. I’m trying to understand the point of view of the person behind the words. I want to understand that person’s emotions”. Kurt Elling shares this sentiment and this is how and why he really knows Sinatra.
This potent combination of strong intellect married to powerhouse, big band jazz makes for a heady mix. Frank Sinatra and dynamic, sophisticated jazz served each other well in the course of his long, era-defining career. Together they provided the soundtrack for a century; a complete musical experience that remains as passionate, seductive and persuasive as it did when “The Voice” was at the peak of his powers.
Sinatra’s songbook is full of the most striking musical imagery ever created by revered arrangers like Quincy Jones, Billy May, Neil Hefti and Nelson Riddle. Moreover, titles like Come Fly With Me, I've Got You Under My Skin, My Kind Of Town, You Make Me Feel So Young and The Lady Is A Tramp literally bookmarked life events for a generation. 
Kurt Elling and the SNJO add to its pages with flair, bravura and invention, but they’ve also been inspired by a quintessential chapter in Sinatra’s story. Sinatra at the Sands was the extraordinary live album that Sinatra made with the Count Basie Orchestra led by Quincy Jones, and it stands today as a high point in the singer’s amazing career. Nevertheless, Sinatra always strived for more, and it’s in that spirit we say, “the best is yet to come”. 

Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 19:30 Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661
Thursday 21st May 2015 at 19:30 Caird Hall, Dundee 01382 434 940
Friday 22nd May 2015 at 19:30 Music Hall, Aberdeen 01224 641 122
Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 19:30 Usher Hall, Edinburgh 0131 228 1155
Sunday 24th May 2015 at 19:30 City Halls, Glasgow 0141 353 8000


3 comments :

  1. The ball's in your court Mister Dylan...

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  2. Bob says he'd be happy to meet Kurt in a cutting contest down on Highway 61......

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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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