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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Alice Grace Quartet @ the Cherry Tree Restaurant - October 14.

Alice Grace (vcls); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Cherry Tree is noted, not only for fine dining, but also for cordon bleu jazz. Tonight was a tough call. Was it the Bistro Rump Steak, Traditional Garnish, Fries and Winemakers Butter or Alice Grace singing Blame it on my Youth? It was a difficult decision but, in the end, the steak was medium but the vocal was rare. 
The kitchen had opened the batting with Lamb and Pistachio Terrine, Spring Onion and Mint Relish.
They were really cookin' but so were Alice, the PGs and Russ! But Not For Me was good enough for me and One Note Samba, despite the title, had no shortage of notes - particularly from Gilligan who has them to spare.
The listeners in the audience loved Alice - don't we all? Morgan's exquisite brushwork was the equivalent of  a musical Renoir and Grainger's bass the canvas.
My Spiced Apple and Brandy Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream was about as good as it gets until Gilligan hit us with a solo on Mean to Me that was anything but mean! Alice threw in a scat chorus that any horn player would have been proud of.
Then there was In a Sentimental Mood and, but you've got the picture, you don't need a list, just make a note to catch this band whenever you can.
Photos.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. me again, can't stop singing "Blame it on my youth" Just listened to Carmen M doing it, also Nat Cole kind of made it his own

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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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