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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Anna Reay & Deon Krishnan @ The Vermont Hotel. October 2

Anna Reay (vocals) & Deon Krishnan (guitar & vocals)
Arriving at seven o’clock hoping to catch the last half hour of Anna Reay’s set, it became apparent that her engagement started only minutes earlier. The Vermont Hotel’s publicity is less than reliable! On taking a seat, Reay invited your correspondent to suggest a song! Come Fly with Me? Ms Reay and her accompanist Deon Krishnan didn’t hesitate. A nice way to settle into a plush Chesterfield. The classy duo took requests from guests – a party from South Africa (sporting Springbok shirts ahead of this weekend’s big rugby game), a chilled-out hen party, couples – and met each one in style. Don’t Know Why, Moon River, Ain’t No Sunshine, At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ed Sheeran and…Puccini! An eclectic list, to stay the least!
Ms Reay is an assured performer capable of handling a wide range of material. Krishnan, renowned as a bass player, is a fine guitarist (and singer too!). A most enjoyable first set. An appointment with Swing Manouche at the Jazz Café (see review) dispelled any notion of staying put. Reay and Krishnan playing a GAS book set at the Jazz Café would be an enticing proposition.   
Russell.          

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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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