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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)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Belinda Voshtina and Alan Law @ The Jazz Café - July 4

Belinda Voshtina (vcl); Alan Law (pno).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley to follow.)
Belinda Voshtina emerged upon the local scene via low key appearances in student bands (The Henchmen/The Shafafa Trio/Dropping Bombs); blues bands (The Narrators); Latin bands (Burundanga); big bands (Strictly Smokin') and various jam sessions - no doubt there have been others over the past 3 years since graduation. This melting pot of influence and experience provided the multi-lingual singer with the confidence and the ability to handle most gigs even exposed ones such as the Saturday night duo spot at the Jazz Café (Saturday Night is the Noisiest Night of the Week could be the theme song!)
With only Alan Law for support (only?!) Ms. Voshtina gave an assured performance of familiar material in both English and Portuguese.
Songs included Dindi; There Will Never be Another You; Black Orpheus; Georgia on my Mind; Sway; Moondance (a few bars of scatting thrown in); a Sergio Mendes tune (I didn't catch the title); Summertime  (what kept you? I wondered); Comes Love; At Last â la Etta James. This latter number displayed, I felt, the real Belinda Voshtina. A rusty nail, broken bottle edge to her voice, the lady achieved the near impossible - temporarily silencing the barflies! For a Kiss; Autumn Leaves and Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You followed bringing my evening to a close.
An evening that, despite Belinda's beautiful performance, couldn't have happened without the talents of Alan Law. A compelling and inventive soloist and a sensitive and sympathetic accompanist, Alan and Belinda, with minimal (if any) rehearsal, gave those of us with bigger ears and smaller mouths (metaphorically speaking) a very satisfying evening.
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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