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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Americana Festival @ Sage Gateshead: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - July 17

Emmylou Harris (vocals, guitar, tambourine); Rodney Crowell (vocals, guitar); Jed Hughes (guitar); Steve Fisher (pedal steel guitar); Michael R? (upright bass, bass guitar) Michael ? (keys, accordion); Don McTeague (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Emmylou Harris, winner of numerous Grammy awards, and her musical partner Rodney Crowell, gave a sterling performance to a full capacity Hall 1.  Two solid hours of country music, from a very hard working band of stellar musicians, with just a bit of friendly chat and a few drinks of water to keep our singer going.  Ms Harris told us that she had an idyllic childhood in Birmingham Alabama, and in 1974 she heard the music of Rodney Crowell, which was the beginning of a very fruitful musical partnership, which lasted through ‘Marriage and divorce, though not to each other’.
My knowledge of this singer’s work is very limited, so I didn’t catch many song titles, but there were songs about love of course, as well as songs of friendship; the wide open spaces of the USA; songs about young men who disappointed their parents.  Songs with titles such as Invitation To The Blues; Bring It On Home To Memphis; Way Of The World;  The Road Goes On Forever; Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Many of the songs were from the latest CD, The Travellin’ Kind.  My favourite song of the night was a very insightful piece about ageing which mentioned the consolation of having grandchildren.  The two singers sound good together with pleasant harmonies, and there were short instrumental break solos from the musicians, especially from the skilled guitar work of Jed Hughes.  In fact I was wishing that some of the songs had lasted longer with more of both singers and musicians, but perhaps I’ve just become too used to longer jazz interpretations with loads of solos.
Anyway the audience loved it, and there were three encores, so it was a good beginning to the main events of the Americana festival.
Earlier, at the Press Reception, The McCrary Sisters give an indication of what Sunday's Hall 2 congregation have to look forward to - Hallelujah!
Ann Alex    

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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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