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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - 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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Alix Shepherd @ The Vermont Hotel. June 14

Alix Shepherd (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Sunday afternoons at the Vermont Hotel are the preserve of the solo pianist. This week Alix Shepherd entertained guests in the Redwood Bar with a selection of familiar tunes performed in a suitably relaxed manner in the quiet, dark wood surroundings off Castle Garth in the shadow of Castle Keep.
Late afternoon, time to kill before watching England take on the mighty Slovenians, an hour or so listening to some piano jazz seemed like a good idea. Shepherd played to the usual few, but little did he know that a budding pianist listened with no little admiration for his talents. A smattering of polite applause greeted each number – I Thought About You, Tenderly, Witchcraft – and then our admiring listener revealed she was learning to play the piano. She was ‘hopeless’ she said, having decided to take lessons ‘later in life’. Shepherd couldn’t have been more encouraging saying late starters have been known to make rapid progress. ‘One day’, said our L-plate pianist, ‘I’d love to be as good as you’.
A Train, then Satin Doll, our L-plate lady knew a good tune when she heard one. So, an afternoon’s entertainment proved to be inspirational. A good gig in more ways than one.     
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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