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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 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.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

CD Review: Peter Jones - Utopia.

Peter Jones (vcl); Henry Lowther (tpt/flug); Nigel Price (gtr); Neil Angilley (pno/); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bs); Davide Giovannini (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I usually take the publicist's blurb with a pinch of salt - useful for background info - otherwise to be filed alongside a snake oil salesman's manifesto.
However, there are exceptions and, with this disc, the snake oil people at Howlin' Wolf have got it just right!
I listened to the CD - knocked out - and found my response pretty close to what the snake oil dispenser had come up with!
Comparisions with Elling, Mark Murphy and Georgie Fame all held water. The solos - Lowther, Price, Angilley all fantastic and swinging like the proverbial. Great to have a guy up there with all those gals who grab the attention (start typing Mr. PC)!
I missed Jones' first album for Howlin' Werewolf Records - One Way Ticket to Palookaville - how could I have missed that one - Vasy was on it!? Greatest album title ever!
The title of this one isn't bad either! 
A choice of tunes across the genre divide. Gassers such as: It Could Happen To You; A Lull in My Life; Spring Can Really Hang You etc. and Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year. Pop classics viz; Save Your Love For me and Spanish Harlem. Instrumentals with lyrics added by Jones - Turrentine's Sugar, Coltrane's Impressions and the Love Theme From Chinatown.
This is crooning, and I don't mean cloning, for today.
Lance.
Peter Jones - Utopia is due to be launched on Feb. 17 at Soho's Spice of Life.

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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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