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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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Monday, October 05, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Jazz Latin Groove: October 3

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sop/ten sax, hand drums, tabla, percussion); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave us a very enjoyable, varied, and adventurous programme of groovy, boppy, Latin numbers and Debra is to be congratulated for attempting some rather difficult songs.  I loved Steve Summers sax solos, these were real solos which displayed a genuine connection with the original tunes and chords, not just a cacophonous collections of sounds, such as I’ve heard sometimes from more famous names.  And he’s a dab hand on hand drums (sorry to be repetitive!) and percussion.  The rest of the band did their stuff admirably, Alan steaming away on keys, even after an afternoon of teaching on the Jazz Co-op workshop: Paul as dependable and skilled as ever; and Tim drumming sensitively in the many ways demanded by the tunes.
They’d played Song For My Father before I arrived, then up stepped Debra, a flower in her hair, with Wave, every word clear and sweet, followed by Coltrane’s groovy Equinox. Her next number Spain demanded tricky, bop-like singing, then came Spooky ‘love is kinda crazy, with a spooky little boy like you’ and Tim using mallets on the drums for a spooky effect. Afro Blue opened with just voice, bass and drums, then Steve moved sinuously down the scales on sax, instrumentally interesting stuff. Miles Davis classic tune So What was sung, with lyrics by Eddie Jefferson, about how ‘Miles Davis left the stage when his solo was over’. The first half was rounded off with 2 of Debra’s regular songs, Consider Me Gone and Senor Blues.    
The second half began with an unusual wordless song, very pleasant listening, then came the tune Killer Joe, with lyrics by Debra (Relax). Other songs included You’re In My Heart; a song in Spanish with voice and piano only; Chick Corea’s Five Hundred Miles High and I’m Comin’ Home. And at that point I had to go home, so perhaps someone else could add a comment about the final part of the gig.
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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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.)
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