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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 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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Monday, October 19, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Gabriele Mit Drei - October 17

Gabriele Heller (vocals); Paul Beck (piano); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Dave Parker (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
It’s about a year since I’ve heard this band and they were great then.  I’m tempted to say they’ve moved up to the next level, which is true, except that I don’t really agree with talking about levels as every band contributes what they can.  But they were great, let’s just say, and this may even be my gig of the month or even of the year.
Gabi is a trained actor, and she brings the full range of her talents to the interpretation of the songs, even being in character for some of them. For the opening song, Our House, we are invited to partake of all the sweetmeats and fruit available there, for instance. During Don’t Mess Around, we are tempted to believe that this is a woman to be feared.
 Besides jazz standards, Gabi gives us original songs such as Broken and Sisters; unusual songs such as Inchworm (arguably a children’s song); Falling in Love Again (In German); an Argentinian protest song about the disappeared of that land; Bluesy numbers such as Gee Baby and Come On In to My Kitchen.  The standards included Imagination; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To; Lullaby Of Birdland; Old Devil Moon; Speak Low; Round Midnight; All Or Nothing At All and the encore Them There Eyes. This long list shows how much work the whole trio put in to this gig, played with enthusiasm and aplomb.  
The band solos were a delight, as we’ve come to expect from this trio, Steve especially in the Bluesy numbers, Paul rippling away well and Dave impressive with a fast bass for Old Devil Moon and tapping percussion on the wood for the Argentinian song.
So the encore was well deserved from a well-filled bar.  I hope it’s not long before their next performance.
Ann Alex

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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.
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