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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)

Archives.

Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Greek God of Vasilis

(Preview by Russell/photo by Jerry).
Later this month Vasilis Xenopoulos makes a return visit to the north east. The London-based tenor saxophonist has three engagements in the book working with his friend Paul Edis. Their enduring friendship sees Xenopoulos making an annual visit to the region to play swinging GAS book material at two key venues; the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington and the Black Bull, Blaydon. This year there will be an additional opportunity to catch a duo performance and a big band session at Ushaw College, Durham.
The Darlington gig is on Friday 23 October. If last year’s visit is anything to go by a sell-out is on the cards. A snaking queue formed down the stairs fully half an hour before the doors opened – a sure sign that the Opus 4 Jazz Club regulars at the Traveller’s Rest had every intention of bagging a seat, ensuring they wouldn’t have to stand all night! There’s a very real prospect of a full house. Arrive early! On the Sunday (25) Vasi and Paul head to the Black Bull to play at the long-running Blaydon Jazz Club. The lounge doesn’t have a huge capacity, so, if you want to get in, arrive by seven o’clock (the first set will start at eight o’clock prompt). Working on both gigs will be double bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan (drums). Vasi, pianist Paul, Andy and Russ, collectively, surely warrant the tag ‘stellar line-up’.
Sandwiched in between Darlington and Blaydon is a visit to Ushaw College. Formerly a seminary, the sprawling woodland estate on the outskirts of Durham city is transforming itself into a cultural venue offering a range of activities and concerts. Jazz features on the curriculum, so too folk and classical music. Xenopoulos and Edis will work as a duo and,  as a bonus, the recently formed Gala Big Band, led by Edis, will perform some standards and one or two of Xenopoulos’ charts. The date for your diary is Saturday 24 October.
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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