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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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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 19, 2015

Jazz North East presents: Capsule @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - May 17

Matthew Bourne (keyboards); Tam de Villiers (guitar); Jean-Brice Godet (bass clarinet) 
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Capsule are a product of the ‘Jazz Shuttle’ scheme which aims to bring musicians together from both sides of the channel. This trio couldn’t be more evenly split down the middle Bourne hails from Leeds, Godet from France and De Villiers nicely straddles the two countries being born and brought up in the UK but now living in Paris since moving there 10 years back.
It’s hard to label the band’s output maybe the closest one can get is to call it improvised chamber music. The three musicians feed off in each in a fairly minimalist kind of way in what in betting parlance would be described as a ‘patent’ (3 doubles, 3 singles and a treble) however in terms of knowing what they were about to play next all bets were off. At times the proceeding were gentle and intricate whilst at others they were loud and abrasive and just occasionally simply bizarre at one point Godet employed 2 old style cassette players and a transistor radio to improvise with. The hour long single set was always interesting and challenging and it appeared that all in the rather select audience thoroughly enjoyed their evening.
Steve.

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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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