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Bebop Spoken There

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 17, 2015

These Boots Are Made For Singing - Jazz Café Sampler @ Black Swan Bar and Venue, Newcastle

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Yuya Honami (dms) + Stu Finden (ten); Fi Finden (vcl); Tom Lapworth (gtr); David Gray (tmb); Claire Kelly (vcl); Paul Gowland (alt); Lindsay Hannon (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley).
If Hot Sardines and Kurt Elling hadn't been on at Sage Gateshead next week this would have been well in the running for Gig of the Month! As it is, Kurt and the Sardines have it all to do - bit like Newcastle, Sunderland and Hull!
The choice of the Black Swan bar was a good one enabling a decent sized crowd to be comfortably seated whilst enjoying one of the top trios around. Gilligan, Grainger and Honami laid the groundwork for the guests and did it with their usual panache. Sam Rivers' Beatrice, Roy Hargrove's Strasbourg St. Denis and Bru's Blue Rondo À La Turk set the scene.
Entré les deux Findens. Booted and spurred on by tenorman Stu, Fiona posed the question - What is This Thing Called Love? then told us/him You Don't Know What Love is before revealing that My Baby Likes to Bebop. Stu does indeed! A chorus of Anthropology in the midst of his tenor solo the irrefutable evidence.
Tom Lapworth continues to make his presence felt in guitar circles and his take on How Insensitive wasn't insensitive at all. The Preacher was a blast and his sermon went down well with the congregation.
At first glance I thought Claire Kelly had been tattooed from the waist downwards but closer inspection revealed she was wearing a pair of psychedelic leggings and, of course, boots. Where are the fashion police when you need them?
Still, this wasn't the catwalk, and the jazz police gave the thumbs up to the very appropriate, You'd be So Nice to Come Home to (Claire's been in exotic climes for the past year or so). A great scat chorus then a belting Stormy Monday. No longer the ingenue, Claire's now a singer who can hold her own in any company - would have liked more.
David Gray took over for the next four which included the Godfather theme, Fiesta and, was it Jaco's The Chicken?
Paul Gowland played Have You Met Miss Jones? dedicating it to the late, and very much missed, Ray Truscott (see previous post). I'm sure Body and Soul also embodied Ray's spirit.
Confirmation swung like the proverbial despite some saxophone sickness that didn't stop the flow of ideas blossoming from the bell of the Conn Underslung.
Next up Lindsay Hannon.
Outside a siren could be heard - had the fashion police arrived? No - they were on their way to the Bigg Market where someone had reportedly been seen wearing a coat!
Lindsay, Booted (naturally), Gowned (exquisitely) and bewigged (bizarrely) took to the stage for There Will Never be Another You, Basin Street Blues and Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! with an assist from Paul Gowland on the latter number.
The lady was in good voice - how could she not be with her jazz wig (at least I think it was a wig) on.
How was it a jazz wig? Well, it was A Kind of Blue ...
Lance.


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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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