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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

John Wilson Orchestra w. Matthew Ford & Louise Dearman @ Sage Gateshead

Hardly a jazz concert - Hall One was three tiers full and 'twill be the same tonight! However, there was a strong jazz presence amongst the 68 piece orchestra including Colin Oxley on guitar and drummer Matt Skelton.
The overture was a medley of just about all the well known Gershwin goodies bookended by snatches of Rhapsody in Blue. This indicated to me that we weren't going to be dealt a selection of done to death songs but some lesser known ones and, in the main, we were.
Treat me Rough from Girl Crazy brought Matthew Ford and Louise Dearman to the fore. They were in good voice. It's a great song. Mike Lovell blew trumpet and Harold McGill alto.
Louise hung around for a wistful But Not for Me. Including, as did most of the songs, the verse. Let's face it, why write a verse then have just about every other singer ignore it?
The duo then introduced us to another rarely heard piece of Gershwin - Could You Use Me?
The lyric's quite incredible: 
There's a chap I know in Mexico,
Who's strong as he can be,
Eats nails and drinks Texaco,
He's the type for me.
Yes George's music was great but Ira's lyrics weren't bad either!
Slap That Bass; They Can't Take That Away From me; I Was Doin' Alright (by Louise) led us to the interval and New York Rhapsody.
Now this is the moment when I move away from the 'isn't it great syndrome'. As a songwriter Gershwin ranks alongside the very greatest (Porter, Kern, Berlin, Rodgers etc) but, I've never quite got into his quasi classical composition and this one was no better than his more famous rhapsody. Having said that, Ian Buckle played it brilliantly and I felt privileged to hear what was a very rarely, if ever, played composition. Still...
Interval time. A quick hello to 3 of the guys (l-r) Colin (alto), Andy and Russell (trumpets).
Back in our seats, Matthew and Louise, now in a stunning figure-hugging dress that dispelled speculation that she may be preggers, Struck up the Band then Louise displayed her spot on pitching with an emotional How Long Has This Been Going on?  Matthew sang Let's Kiss and Make up - the latter two from the Astaire/Hepburn movie Funny Face then another big one from Louise - The Man I Love. Mark Crooks came down front and blew Lady be Good - the Artie Shaw arrangement. Matthew 'did Gene Kelly' with S'wonderful, Both singers made love moves in For You, For Me, Forever More then the show drew to a close with Shall We Dance/They All Laughed.
Of course it's never over until the fat lady sings except this afternoon it was the very slim, svelte, sophisticated Louise who sang Someone to Watch Over Me. Unaccompanied verse and first 16 bars before taking us out with as good a version as you'll hear in a lot of listening.
Oh yes, John Wilson! A Geordie Lad made good. His control of the 68 piece band a joy to watch and his announcements both humourous and informative. Carve his name alongside Alan Shearer, Sting and Eric Burdon.
Roll on next year.
Lance.
PS: Liz, up from York, and myself, up from Hebburn, enjoyed an after show chat with Ann Havis who just happened to be ex J.G.Windows... small world.

2 comments :

  1. a wonderful afternoon, up to the usual John Wilson standard, I do like him , he has a very succinct way of addressing the audience, not over much, just enough to keep us in the loop without overdoing it. Lance said it all performance-wise...same time next year?

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  2. Just got back from the evening gig. First class as usual.

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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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