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Alan Broadbent: “I really enjoy working with some singers. It depends. Again, there has to be a give and take between the two of us. Otherwise, it’s just a job and I’m too old for that now.”(Jazz Times February 2015).

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Alan Broadbent: “As soon as I heard where Georgia [Mancio] was coming from, and the tradition in terms of songwriting and her appreciation of standards, it was basically the same as mine.” – (Jazzwise April 2017)

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Archives.

Today Thursday March 30.

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band- The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 3NG. 7:30pm. £19/£17.50 (conc.)
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Tees Hot Club w. Bruce Taylor (keys); John Brett (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CD Review: Deborah Latz - Sur L’instant

Deborah Latz (vocals); Alain Jean-Marie (piano); Gilles Naturel (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Yet another good woman singer!  Bring 'em on I say!
(and there is also a local crop of women singers in the offing, and we should all be pleased about this, just as much as we’d rejoice at having lots of up-and-coming sax players, and that’s the feminist bit of the review over, I’ll say no more).
Ms Latz is an actor as well, and she’s sung in the US, Europe and China. This is her 4th CD and she’s recommended by the great Sheila Jordan.  Sur L’instant  has a pleasing intimate feel, our singer is in very good voice, showing a subtle sense of swing with just the right amount of scat, and an effective sense of the dramatic qualities of the songs.
The song choice is varied and wise: Love Theme From Spartcus; Throw It Away; Brubeck’s Weep No More; All The Things You Are; Four; Blue Monk; Mr PC; Nature Boy; Over The Rainbow.  I especially liked Nature Boy, which begins with a bowed bass, and then the piano joins in for the 2nd chorus, and I also enjoyed the delightful Blue Monk, I quote:
‘monkery’s a slow, slow train,
 trial and error, loss and gain’
The piano and bass do their stuff really well and it’s very difficult to say anything fresh about really skilled jazz musicians such as these, so I’ll leave it at that.
There are CD launch events on June 1st (Bar Next Door) and July 25th (Cornelia Street Cafe) but I think you’ll have to travel to New York to attend these do’s.
The CD became available on May 5 on June Moon Productions.  See deborahlatz.com 
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.
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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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