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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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Friday, October 23, 2015

Dominic Lodge @ Culture Lab, Newcastle University – October 22

(Review by Russell)
Culture Lab was full to overflowing. Late arriving students stood at the back of the room for this week’s installment of student musicians’ public performance. A short session, as at least one of the performers had to dash down to St Nicholas’ Cathedral for some other engagement in their busy lives. An organ scholar perhaps or choir practice, who knows?
Stevie Jackson sang folk, played fiddle (Norwegian Hardanger) and for one number she was accompanied on guitar by a talented fellow student. Alto sax player Dominic Lodge played a Paul Desmond-Jim Hall blues with piano, bass (the excellent Tim Farrow) and drums (from a distance it looked like Lewis West) and a female vocalist in support. His short set concluded with Duke Pearson’s Sweet Honey Bee.
Finger style guitarist James Wade closed the show with more dazzling playing (earlier in the year Wade gave an impressive recital in Culture Lab). Scott Joplin’s Silver Swan Rag (arr. Tom van Bergeyk), Plymouth House and a John Renbourn tune rounded off a fine set.        
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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