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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CD Review: The Consequence Of You - The Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca Dumaine

Rebecca DuMaine (vocals); Dave Miller (piano); Mario Suraci (bass); Bill Belasco (drums); Brad Buethe (guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Lance handed me this CD with a stern warning: I was told that this singer is the epitome of good jazz singing, so I should listen and learn…
And I have to agree, he was right!  She has a pleasing alto range voice, clear diction and immaculate timing, just the right amount of well-integrated scat, but more than all that, she’s a skilled actress.  So the songs display real feeling.  In fact she trained as an actress, and she sees the Gasbook songs as literary works, which influences her choice of songs.  
This is her 3rd album for Summit records and the pianist is her father, so I guess the chemistry between father and daughter helps as well.  Another CD that I’ll hang on to.
Tracks include standards such as Beautiful Love; One Note Samba (with subtle, light Latin drumming); Down With Love  (witty words, including ‘down with songs that moan about night and day’- I wonder what Cole Porter thought about that!); You’ve Changed  (acted in a sad, small, slow, voice); Put On A Happy Face; The Face That I Love; There Will Never Be Another You; They Say It’s Spring; Too Close For Comfort: If I Were A Bell. Ms Dumaine likes to try songs that are less well known, so she sings Exactly Like You, which is new to me anyway, but is my favourite track, with an adventurous 4-times repetition of the last line.  The only song not strictly jazz is Pure Imagination (Leslie Bricusse/ Anthony Newley).
I can’t add much about the musicians because they are so good, with neat effective solos, for instance a spring-like gambolling piano on They Say It’s Spring, lively guitar work on many tracks and good bass solos.
The CD is released on May 12th 2015, on Summit Records, catalogue number DCD 654
Ann Alex

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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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