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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 Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 24, 2015

CD Review: Mark Winkler - Jazz And Other Four Letter Words

(Review by Ann Alex)
Definitely my CD of the month!  This is the happiest jazz CD I’ve ever heard, swinging, witty lyrics, good musicianship, with piano strongly featured.  Five of the eleven tracks are originals with lyrics by Mark Winkler.  For instance Your Cat Plays Piano (he’s obviously been watching U-tube)‘...mostly on the black keys/ I can swear he’s a jazzer/ ‘cos he will not play the melody.’
Or consider the romantic I Chose The Moon, a love song for his partner of 34 years, ‘cos when the moon shines/ it shines through your eyes’.
The other originals are My Idea Of A Good Time; Stay Hip; Jazz And Other Four Letter Words, and this latter song literally lists the relevant words, such as Bing, coop, dink, Ella, frog, which are also playfully listed on the back inside CD cover.
The other 6 tracks are I’m Hip (a wonderful piece of satire about the state of being hip and made famous by Blossom Dearie. It's sung as a duet here with Man Trans' Cheryl Bentyne); Nice Work if You Can Get It (sung as a slow swing but with great optimism); Paul Simon’s Have A Good Time (with 8 of the musicians in a big band type of arrangement); I Wish I Were In Love Again; I Never Went Away (a surprise inclusion, a jazzy song by classical composer Richard Rodney Bennett); and a short medley of songs about New York.
Mark Winkler hails from Southern California and is a platinum award winner and a producer and educator.  He has had over 200 of his songs recorded or sung by such people as Randy Crawford and Dee Dee Bridgewater, which doesn’t surprise me at all, as he really knows how to write songs.  One of his many CD’s, Jazz And Other Four Letter Words is released on August 1 on Cafe Pacific Records, Catalogue # CPCD45125. (Check it out here).
Ann Alex .   
Mark Winkler (vocals); Cheryl Bentyne (vocals on 2 tracks) Jamieson Trotter (piano, most arrangements); John Clayton (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums); Mike Shapiro (drums); Dan Lutz (bass); Larry Koonse (Guitar); Pat Kelley (Guitar); Bob Sheppard (tenor sax); Rich Eames (piano, some arrangements); Kirsten Edkins (tenor sax); Bob McChesney (trombone); Walt Fowler (trumpet)
(Collective personnel)

1 comment :

  1. I always look forward to his presence. The songs are very I liked.

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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.
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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.)
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