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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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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Voshtina & Williams @ The Jazz Café – Nov.14

Belinda Voshtina (vocals) & Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Late afternoon the last knockings of an Atlantic storm lashed Tyneside on its way out to the North Sea. Newcastle’s night time economy would suffer as a result. Pubs and clubs would be quiet, inner city residents, for once, would be able to hear themselves think. A case of wishful thinking! Pubs doing a brisk trade, a Happy Mondays sold out gig at the Academy, takeaways re-fuelling the sodden and the Jazz Café busy with few seats to be had.
Belinda Voshtina and Mark Williams were putting together a last minute set list for their first outing as a duo. Williams looked at your drowned rat correspondent saying: It’s still raining, then? Perceptive. Key and tempi of little concern, vocalist Voshtina knew guitar virtuoso Williams would come up with the goods. And so to work.
It’s Almost Like Being in Love, Agua de Beber, There Will Never Be Another You – good material; Voshtina’s rich, resonant, multi lingual vocals, Williams, accompanist of choice to the very best on the scene.
Ain’t No Sunshine (correct!), Georgia, Nature Boy, Autumn Leaves (millions of ‘em!) and Comes Love. Voshtina sang boldly, her voice projecting with ease, the occasional verse in Portuguese, a winning smile never far from her lips. A lower register At Last – something of a showstopper in a large scale production, in the intimate setting of the Jazz Café a real knockout – and a swinging Lullaby of Birdland with Joe Pass (Mr M Williams) excelling!
The choice of material familiar, perhaps advisable for their first duo gig together, held the attention of most, most of the time (the usual barfly hubbub intruding from time to time).
Black Orpheus – Voshtina’s enviable command of Portuguese at its best – and as a finale, a rockin’ Route 66. Belinda had a great time. She thanked the ‘lovely’ Mark Williams. A big thank you, to you, Belinda and the ‘lovely’ Mr Williams.
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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