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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Anita Wardell Quartet - Saturday May 9

Anita Wardell (vocals); Robin Aspland (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tristan Mailliot (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
After reviewing the Rebecca Dumaine CD, I thought I’d had more than my fair share of listening to really good women singers, then along comes this gig with Anita Wardell. ‘Sparkling’ is a word that comes to mind, not a superficial sparkle but something about charisma, stage presence, original- sounding vocalese, and an interesting mix of songs. I’ll skip straight to the 2nd set which opened with my favourite song of the night, Ellington’s Come Sunday, new to me.  You could have heard the proverbial pin drop as this beautiful song proceeded, a jazz-hymn if ever there was one, accompanied just by piano, referring to the Biblical lilies of the field, ‘but the sun still shines in Springtime’.
The gig had started with a real buzz, a crowded bar, including people who’d been to Anita’s singing course during the day – the 2nd day of the course is taking place as I write. Who Can I Turn To, began slowly with voice and piano, then a neat pick-up by the rest of the band, swinging along, and these musicians know their stuff.  Lots of long solos with the songs, skilled piano adding flows to the sparkle, Paul on bass who seems to have done lots of gigs lately (possibly the hardest working bassist around, at least this last week); and the drummer, especially enjoyable on the next song, Blossom Dearie’s They Say it’s Spring, pleasant, clanky, tappy, spring-like sounds from the kit.  Then came Horace Silver’s Lonely Woman, sung with immense feeling; a wordless scatty bebop song Tricotism involving the drums in 4’s, and perhaps, to my ears, 8’s.  Farmer’s Market followed, all about a woman who fell in love with someone who was selling peas, another bebop tune which has had words added to it.
I heard only 3 songs in the 2nd set, besides Come Sunday, there was Gershwin’s Soon and a feelingly sung Willow Weep For Me, which always reminds me of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  It all probably got even better, but the metro called me home.  But now I’m off to hear the people on Anita’s course showing what they’ve learned – I hear she’s put them through their paces!
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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