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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Monday, January 18, 2016

Alice Grace Quintet @ Hoochie Coochie - Jan. 17


Alice Grace (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten/alt/sop); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The outstanding moment for me in the Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby remake of Holiday Inn - White Christmas - wasn't Bingo singing the title song, or even the delightful and amusing Sisters sung by Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney. No, for me, it was George's auntie's heartfelt crooning of the Irving Berlin number Love You Didn't Do Right By Me.
The years rolled by and I never heard the song again - apart from every Boxing Day or thereabouts!
Until tonight!
Tonight, Alice raised Auntie Rose's seemingly unpassable bar up to an even higher level!
This was 'the biz'!
Berlin had also provided the opener - an uptempo blast on Blue Skies and it just went on from there.
Alice sang and scatted and vocalesed (remind me what the difference is?)
She swung and swang, Paul Gowland swang and swung on saxophones galore. Gilligan was, simply, Gilligan - how many pianists just wish they were "Simply, Gilligan?"
Paul Grainger, his blossoming beard  has a long way to go before it rivals the late Crombie's facial adornment  - his bass playing makes up for it. In particular the fours twixt voice and bass that were just some of the highlights.
Russ, he was brill . Not just solos but, as sympathetic a player as you'll find behind any parradiddle.
A choice selection of the old and not so old. The familiar and not so familiar.
Blue Skies; Until You Come Back to Me (S.Wonder); Secret Love; Nardis (Mile's tribute to Ben Sidran as lyricised by Sarah Elizabeth Charles); What is This Thing Called Love?; Invitation; If I Knew Now; Love You Didn't Do Right By Me;  Everybody's Song (Kenny Wheeler); Learnin' the Blues; God Bless the Child; Brenda Russell's It's a Jazz Day; Just in Time; You Don't Know What Love is; On the Street Where you Live and, for an encore, The Sky is There.
The sky certainly was there. This may not have been Berkeley Square although there definitely was magic abroad in the air and a nightingale did sing...
Photos.
Lance.

2 comments :

John Pope (on F/b) said...

'Vocalise' usually refers to putting lyrics to a learned instrumental solo. Kurt Elling does it fabulously with a Charlie Haden solo on his recording of Moonlight Serenade.

Just in case you were serious.

Lance said...

Thanks John. This and many other jazz questions are answered in a soon to be published book by Dave Gelly - '30-Second Jazz'. Review coming up shortly.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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