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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 Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Preview: JazzMain @ the Jazz Café this Friday (June 19)

David Carnegie brought his Barbados/Edinburgh quintet here last month, Kurt Elling brought the SNJO to Sage Gateshead, last weekend the Brian Molley Quartet came down from Glasgow to play at the Globe, I've got a superb SNJO CD (without Elling but with Mozart) awaiting review and now JazzMain are marching up Carter Bar preparatory to invading The Caff - is this the SNP exporting (or deporting) jazz?
Formed ten years ago in Edinburgh and led by tenor saxophonist, Nick Gould (pictured), JazzMain (Nick Gould tenor; Steve Grossart keys; Kevin Dorrian drums; John Hay electric bass) is one of Scotland's few 'stand-alone' jazz quartets. Their debut CD, 'A Sound for Sore Ears,' was released last year receiving both critical acclaim and strong radio airplay.
Much of the band’s set  pays homage to the 1950s and 60s Blue Note straight -ahead jazz and Latin influenced catalogue, but you'll also find some interesting arrangements of American Songbook classics, hauntingly beautiful ballads and a few musical twists, turns and jousts on some of our most popular songs.
Tenor player Nick has dropped by the Jazz Café on a number of occasions for the Tuesday night jam sessions and left a lasting impression - it will be great to hear him with his regular line-up and, going by the band's CD, it will be a night to remember. Thank goodness they haven't re-built Hadrian's Wall!
Not to be missed!
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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