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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Jam Session @ Jazz Café - August 4











Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Gowland (ten); Rob Bates (dms); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Luke Stuart-Smith (bs); Francesco Falconi (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Circumstances decreed I left early even though there were other aspirants waiting in the wings aspiring to aspire - no doubt First Mate Russell will chart these aspirations.
Gilligan, Grainger and Morgan have long since aspired and, on this balmy evening, they set the standard at an almighty high with Morgan's brushwork as dynamic as any three stickmen combined. Horace Silver's Summer in Central Park had all three artists painting a picture of that idyllic setting (give or take a mugging or two). Bradley made it a quartet then Pete took five leaving Bradley in charge for All the Things You Are and Wave.
PG number 3 Gowland tenorised I'll Remember April and Darn That Dream, Bassist Luke Stuart-Smith,  lynchpin of DUBB, stepped up to the plate for Just Friends and Stella by Starlight had Lapworth, Falconi and Bates joining Stuart-Smith.
There were other highs (Alec J. Gamble could be heard warming up, Debra Milne had arrived and Ian Forbes was about) and, I'm sure, many more to follow before the party was over.
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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