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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Blue Jazz Sextet: Saturday May 16

George Anyfantis (piano); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Keith Barrett (guitar); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums)+ Helen Neilson and Barry Keatings
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was the first outing for the expanded Blue Jazz Quintet who are now a sextet with the addition of Keith on guitar, and also a new pianist, George, who both did a good job as newbies. Straight in with A Foggy Day In London Town, even though it was a fine Spring evening in Newcastle with a large audience in the Globe Jazz Bar – large audiences at this venue are becoming the norm these days. Moanin’ sounded good, lots of solos and Karen moving rhythmically to the sound and a final flourish from the saxes.  Rumour has it (or I’ve invented it) that instead of guest vocalists next time, Karen will be guesting as a dancer. But, seriously, it’s lovely to see musicians so enthusiastic about playing.
 A Latin number was followed by All Blues, a tricky tune if ever there was one, with noticeably effective solos from both of the newbies, including big chunky bluesy chords from the piano.  After My Funny Valentine, up stepped Barry, with Misty, an intriguing slow start and the rest of the band entering later, a good arrangement.  Next came Four, fast-moving philosophical words set to a Miles Davis tune and, naturally, 4’s from the band, and then God Bless The Child.  Well sung, Barry.
Tenor Madness, Well You Needn’t, Angel Eyes (Dave on bass proclaimed that this one was named after Karen!) all proceeded well, as did Smile (written by Charlie Chaplin, did you know?) with a slow chorus then a quick change to upbeat, then even faster.  We’re in the 2nd set by now and after a boppish tune, up steps Helen with Black Orpheus, Take The A Train and Song For My Father.  Helen sings Bossa numbers well, very relaxing to listen to, and with some effective improvisation with good illustrations from the band, drums clinking the Latin rhythms and bass and piano giving us trainish sounds on A Train.
I’m glad to say the Metro didn’t call me home before the end of the show, so I heard the final numbers, which were a slinky Footprints and Work Song, the latter rounded off with jungle-type drums and the soprano sax.  A very enjoyable evening.
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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