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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Friday, November 06, 2015

Student Performances @ Culture Lab – November 5

(Review by Russell)
Standing room only once again this week. Singer-songwriter Shona Crossan opened the programme with two tunes. Sitting at the keyboard, accompanied by double bassist Tim Farrow and drummer Dom Lodge, Cold Heart and Release were two of Crossan’s own compositions. A talented trio.
Pianist Jessica Bates sang an Andy Cutting number with, as the performer noted, a Bill Evans’ feel to it. For a second number Bates was joined by Mercedes Philips (sop sax).
Violinist Sarah Berry played two solo pieces. The first comprised two movements from Leclair’s Sonata in D Major, the second, a work by Czech composer Misha Alperin.
The Culture Lab session ended with tenor saxophonist Joe Reeve (pictured) playing So What with guitar and six-string bass accompaniment. A second, final selection, Jim Hall’s Careful rounded off an entertaining three quarters of an hour.
Next Thursday (Nov 12) at 1:10pm there is a Culture Lab special. Contemporary quartet Dans Les Abres fly in to Newcastle ahead of a London Jazz Festival date. European free form and composed elements will dazzle the student audience. Open to the public, this is a rare opportunity for those into such adventures. Free admission.       
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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