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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Jason Isaacs & The Ambassadors of Swing @ Hoochie Coochie. August 16

(Review by Lance).
They were queueing, awaiting the 4pm doors, The air was filled with Estée Lauder. The killer heels and the wedges again well in evidence.
The guys (we were outnumbered) wore slick suits, with waistcoats and slimline ties - at least I did - the cocktails and the amber fluids were flowing. There was an air of anticipation.
Jason deals from the top and the bottom of the deck. The cards are the same but they are so skilfully reshuffled you'd never believe it!
We, the audience, don't care - why should we? When there's a guy like Jason bringing swing to a younger (ish) audience what's to complain about?
The man has so much energy that each and every song seems to have been written for him even though Frank, Dean, Bublé, Elvis and a few others got there first! As a plus, none of the latter group blew saxophone either!
Talking saxes, we had a couple of burn-ups yesterday at the SSBB gig and today, Jason, Lewis Watson and Mick Donnelly went toe to toe on You're Indestructable. Jason graciously admitted defeat - maybe Lewis and Mick settled it in the alley. 
But this was about singing and putting on a show and few can do it better than Jason.
He swings, He captures the audience. They join   in, they singalong, click their fingers, clap their hands, stomp their feet and they dance. 
Like all the great entertainers - He connects!
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Needless to say the 8 Ambassadors blew their socks off in support!
Jason Isaacs (vcl/ten); Darren Irwin, Mark Webb (tpt); Dave Brock (tmb); Mick Donnelly (alt/fl); Lewis Watson (ten/fl); Stu Collingwood (keys); Stuart Davies (bs gtr); Simon Ferry (dms).

1 comment :

  1. Seems as though I am destined never to see this talented performer! His show in York was cancelled last year, and this year ( yesterday) I had planned to travel to Newcastle but, due to other commitments was unable to do so. Still I can enjoy it vicariously through our Webmaster's excellent review!

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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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