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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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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 09, 2015

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. May 8

Maureen Hall (vocals), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (keyboards) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
If it’s Friday it must be Rendezvous Jazz. The Piper (closed and reborn as the Sandpiper), the Porthole (closed, with a change of use to an architectural practice), then there was the Black Horse in Monkseaton. Maureen Hall and the boys wasted no time in moving a few doors down Front Street to the Monkseaton Arms. Next Friday…
Next Friday, joking aside, Rendezvous Jazz will be at the Monkseaton Arms! Building an audience is one thing, taking it with you is another thing entirely. Maureen Hall’s fans are a loyal lot and the Monkseaton Arms has seen an upturn in its Friday lunchtime trade. All seats taken, beer flowing, non-stop food orders, the publican can’t be anything other than delighted. Four hand pumps, Deuchar’s IPA and Black Sheep the favoured brews, a high stool vacant, the band sounded good. Vocal duties were shared between Hall, clarinet ace Jim McBriarty and the singing drummer George Davidson. Vaudevillian McBriarty sang to the sweeties (Sleepy Time Gal) and played flawlessly on clarinet. The Sheik of Araby, then Hall told us about a Big Butter and Egg Man. Having Don Fairley in the frontline is a guarantee of quality, having pianist Roy Gibson on the stand is a recipe for hilarity and fine roundabout playing (bass parts included). Maureen Hall’s Friday band is well worth hearing. In the temporary absence of Gavin Lee, dep McBriarty maintained the standard. Down the years Maureen Hall has been fortunate in being able to call upon a number of fine clarinet players. One former long serving member of the band, Barry Soulsby, died on Wednesday. Hall paid tribute to the man. Your reviewer knew him as a fine swinging jazz musician. When singing a song he did so with an impish sense of humour. Always one to say ‘hello’, always happy to have a chat, Barry Soulsby will be missed.  
Russell.                     

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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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