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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CD Review: Michael Dees - The Dream I Dreamed

(Review by Debra M.)
Michael Dees is a vocalist steeped in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, with a lifetime’s experience singing on TV and film soundtracks, as well as of live performance.  His voice may not be instantly recognisable like those of Tony Bennett, Matt Monroe or Frank Sinatra, but you've almost certainly heard him before.   
After decades recording other songwriters’ material, & composing & producing  commercial ‘jingles’, he has  finally got round to recording this album of 14 original songs.
Unapologetically sticking with the genre, & clearly inspired by it, the CD contains a selection of well written swinging tunes and thoughtful ballads.  The opening track is the sprightly, up-tempo  ‘In A Moment’ , but the highlight is ‘I Miss You’,  a heartfelt and beautifully penned ballad, with an immaculate understated  delivery, worthy of inclusion in the GAS book  Dees  so greatly admires.
The album features a band of extensively experienced West Coast musicians, with arrangements featuring the classic piano trio at the core, augmented by sympathetic horns, which are particularly sumptuous in ballads such as ‘Every Time You Touch Me’. 
The collection is definitely worth a listen for fans of the afore mentioned mature, male jazz vocalists, and for those young pretenders seeking to master the craft.
Available today - more details and samples.
Debra M.
Michael Dees – vocals; Terry Trotter – piano; Chuck Berghofer – bass; Steve Schaeffer – drums; Steve Huffsteter – trumpet & flugelhorn; Chuck Manning – tenor sax; Sal Marquez – trumpet;  Bob Shepperd – tenor sax & clarinet; Doug Webb – tenor sax; Don Williams – percussion.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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