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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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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

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

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

CD Review: Girls in Airports - Fables

Marten Stender (sax/comps); Lars Greve (sax/clt); Matthias Holm (keys); Victor Dybbroe (perc); Mads Forsby (dms).
(Review by Steve H).
You can imagine how I excited I was when asked to review a CD by a Danish band called ‘Girls in Airports’ however this was not quite the sensual experience one might expect from a band so provocatively named. In fact this is classic Nordic jazz, subtle understated and hypnotic.
  This is the bands fourth recording and owes it’s title in part to the influence of Charles Mingus and his famous album Fables of Faubus. Personally I found very little in this album which reminded me of the legendary bass player. Each track seems to build up slowly and grows throughout with layer upon layer of instrumentation. At times the album has an almost prog rock feel to it. The variety of percussive effects that Dybbroe incorporates is quite mesmerising and really adds to the overall atmospherics as does the combination of the 2 saxophones which provide an interesting textured ambiance.
Overall a pleasant listening experience but I won’t be rushing to Heathrow or for that matter Newcastle airport to greet them.
Steve H.
Girls in Airports - Fables now available on Edition Records. 

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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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