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Bebop Spoken There

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 Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 04, 2015

James Harrison Trio @ The Lit and Phil, Newcastle.

James Harrison (pno); John Pope (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Despite their relative youth, there's no lack of maturity in the playing. Close your eyes and you'd be forgiven for thinking that these were seasoned veterans - which in a way they are. Harrison graduated from the Sage Gateshead Bmus course and soon found himself being sought after, not only as a jazz pianist but also as a pantomime MD!
John Pope has, amazingly, been on the scene for 15 years so maybe he's not quite a youth whilst Tom Chapman, as well as being a top class drummer, is also an in-demand arranger.
Irrespective of their ages, the playing exudes youthful zeal - Music is fun! It's entertainment. We're enjoying yourselves and we want you to party along with us.
We did! Maybe not physically but mentally we had a ball.
The unlikely Bourbon St. Parade kicked things off at tempo de lick - the axeman wouldn't be calling here today!* New Orleans style marching drums from Chapman. That's All; Our Day Will Come; Secret Love; a piece by flautist Dave Valentin. Latin based, Chapman's hand drumming and a frenzied finale had the lady sitting behind me exclaim in my ear "5 stars"! "At least" I replied!
An untitled Snarky Puppy piece, down home, gospel feel, great groove before the Theme from Monsters Inc. which Harrison rightly pointed out was very like Hoagy's Old Rockin' Chair. The piano double bass exchanges were something else.
Chapman in the forefront for Southern Samba and Harrison played what may have been his only quote of the day - a few bars of Moon Dance. See I told you he'd matured!
Thankfully, Andrew Lloyd Webber doesn't feature too often on jazz gigs however, Harrison's version of Phantom of the Opera could change all that - providing ALW doesn't take a contract out on him!
Strasbourg - St-Denis brought to a close an afternoon that was just about as good as it gets.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks Lance!
    A.L.Webber has already put the contract out. Had multiple attempts on my life tonight!

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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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