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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 Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Ella El-Salahi @ King’s Hall. April 23

(Review by Russell).
Final year music student Ella El-Salahi sang at this week’s Thursday afternoon student performances session in King’s Hall, Newcastle University. The Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra vocalist performed two numbers – Angel Eyes and Omar’s The Man. On the first tune El-Salahi worked in the company of tenor saxophonist Faye MacCalman (herself a final year undergraduate). Expressive in voice, rich timbres, confident.

MacCalman’s work done, El-Salahi invited Jamie Lawson to join her on The Man. The pianist (another accomplished final year student) provided accompaniment on Omar’s soulful song. Omar has star appeal and so does Ella. She wrought every ounce of heart-felt passion from the tune. Yes, Ella, you’re a star.
The four o’clock hour long performance set featured several other student contributions including a flamenco-inspired group with a strings section, a live coding set (Apple Mac) and, as a finale, ear plugs were handed out for Andrew Richardson’s Snails with Nails. A worried-looking crowd made use of the plugs, your reviewer would have none of it. Drums, guitar and bass. Masks and painted faces, the trio attempted to blow apart the venerable seat of learning. Motorhead/Slayer/Death Metal/ Noise, bouncing around, jumping off an amp, head-banging, constant feedback, it was loud, but it wasn’t that LOUD. Pardon me?
Lifeless, sheet-white painted zombies joined the naughty boy rockers, standing eerily still until the destructive end game. Richardson smashed his drum kit to pieces (sort of), guitar thrown to the floor, feedback crackling, in rushed men in white coats to cart-off the boys to the mad house. Good fun. Does mummy know what you get up to at Uni?
The Final Year Recitals are scheduled for next month (May). The good news is that most of the jazz students will perform not on campus but at the Jazz Café on Pink Lane. Open to the public, free admission, recommended. Stay tuned to Bebop Spoken Here for details nearer the time.   

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.
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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