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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CD Review: Alexis Cairns – This is New to Me

Alexis Cairns (tenor saxophone), Al MacSween (piano), Emlyn Vaughan (double bass) & Kris Wright (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Occasionally, for a variety of reasons, a CD review will bypass Bebop Spoken Here’s all-too-busy editor. Alexis Cairns’ 2011 debut recording This is New to Me is one of them. A graduate of the fertile Leeds scene, Cairns’ album comprises ten original compositions. A bold approach, if ever there was one, to forego at least one or two standards, Cairns had a trump card, maybe two, up her sleeve in being a writer of melodic tunes and in recruiting three fine musicians to work on the project.
The titles of the ten tracks are somewhat enigmatic. The first of them – Third Time Lucky – is an example; perhaps a third, successful take in the studio, or just as likely, something altogether different! Whatever its origin, Kris Wright’s brisk opening drum pattern lays a foundation on which Cairns states the theme, setting up a first solo opportunity for pianist Al MacSween. Just Izz hits on a bass and drums shuffle-funk groove followed by a ballad – the eponymous This is New to Me – which illustrates the range of material on the album recorded at Saville and Chrome Studios, Leeds.
That’s How It’s Gonna Be swings melodically (Wright using brushes), The Visitor takes a lyrical direction with tenor vibrato evident and, in a further twist, Flux Capacitor recalls a smokin’ Ray Charles session. Driving Force takes off in unexpected directions with more than a hint of James Brown about it (an arrangement for horns would be interesting!) led by bandleader Cairns. The CD closes with two lyrical numbers on which Emlyn Vaughan demonstrates his not inconsiderable talents. Indeed all four musicians contribute to Alexis Cairns’ promising recording debut.
Russell.
For further information visit: www.alexiscairns.wordpress.com                                               

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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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