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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Monday May 22

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lindsay Hannon/ Mark Williams @ The Jazz Cafe – January 30.

Lindsay Hannon (vocal); Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review/photo by Steve H.) 
Standing room only at the Caff on Saturday night for the pairing of Hannon on vocals and Williams on guitar, although this was a very different guitar player to the one I saw with The Mark Williams trio on Thursday night at the Jazz Coop (review here). The Thursday night Williams really exploits the full range of what can be done with the Jazz guitar whereas the Saturday night one played as a very sympathetic accompanist to the great vocal talent of Lindsay Hannon.
Looking at photographs of both nights I can confirm that it is one and the same person. Luckily unlike his trio’s drummer Russ Morgan whose barnet has undergone major surgery Mark looked almost identical from two days before. His partner in crime on Saturday has had a spectacular hair transformation going from blonde to what can only be described as tutti fruitti. Aside from this digression on the art of coiffure, the music on offer was superb. My only grumble was with the trio next to me who made more noise than those poor folks who frequent St James’ Park nowadays. I know it is free to get in and that it is nice to see a large audience but if you ask me it is darn right rude, not only to those wanting to listen, but also to the musicians.
The duo performed a selection of standards old and new such as The Spy, Bye Bye Blackbird and my own personal favourite Anais Mitchell’s Old Fashioned Hat. Lindsay’s voice and phrasing really does lend itself to this type of material. As a special bonus James Harrison, the pianist from The Lindsay Hannon Plus, was in the hood and the evening was rounded off perfectly as he played a duet with Lindsay on I Only Have Eyes For You. The final piece of the evening saw all 3 musicians come together to perform Tom Waits’ Romeo is Bleeding.
Steve.

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  1. Should have gone, should have gone, should have gone ........

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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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