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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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Ruth Lambert Trio @ Ashington Jazz Club - July 1

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar), Mick Shoulder (bass).
(Review by Peter S.)
It was very difficult to describe the atmosphere at our evening meet at the Elephant. Several Jazz phrases came to mind - Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Summertime, Heat of the Night, Some Like it Hot, and Something Cool. It was certainly a Hot Time in the Old Town that Night.
The musicians are to be applauded for their endurance when only one window could be opened to give a little relief. The humid atmosphere raised sweat on all affecting the string instruments but fortunately
the event succeeded and no one broke a leg.
With Ruth perched comfortably on her high stool the programme began as the singer introduced the first number and gave it her unique treatment with cool support from the duo.
This set the mood for the evening of a cool mix of popular lyrics blended with several originals form Ruth and Mick.
The sultry ambience was evocative of an old time cellar, after hours, night club but without the smoke. Overall it was a pleasant evening of non-aggressive music just right for the occasion, pleasant on the ear and much appreciated. In conclusion the final songs were applauded by
rumbles of thunder and flashing lightning which must have pleased someone out there over Ashington. Several renditions were suggestive of the music of Anita O'Day and Wes Montgomery.

See you there.
Peter S.
NEXT MEETING - WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5th. at 8.00 p.m. THE ELEPHANT.

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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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