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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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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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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Peter Gilligan & Don Forbes @ The Jazz Café - April 25

Peter Gilligan (pno); Don Forbes (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
I made my way back to civilisation - if that's the correct term for Newcastle on a Saturday night - via Shanks' Pony and night-capped at the Jazz Café.
A bottle of Grainger Bitter went down well with the piano/trumpet combination of Gilligan,P and Forbes,D who were doing nice things with Iris - a piece by Shorter,W.
A customer requested something he could singalong to so they played St.Vitus Dance by Silver,H.
He didn't singalong and, fortunately, didn't dance either.
Break time coincided with the arrival of bon viveur and man about town Ray Burns who displays a similar flair for fashion to that associated with both Wilde,O and Melly,G. He'd been to a Gothic happening down Whitby way.
Back on the stand, Dear Old Stockholm and Tenderly saw the duo lay down flowing trumpet lines and fanciful piano flights. They sounded good but the Metro beckoned so it was with much reluctance that I left.
Lance.

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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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