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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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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stuart MacCallum @ The Jazz Cafe January 22

The last time Stuart MacCallum graced this room was 18 months ago as a duet with fellow guitarist Mike Walker. On Friday night MacCallum played in an even smaller unit giving a thoroughly entertaining solo performance on guitar and electronics. The style he plays in is not classical jazz guitar even though there is plenty of improvisation going on. The music is a folksy cinematic kind of an affair. Numbers build up with wave upon wave of layers creating ambient, hypnotic, dreamy, haunting soundscapes. Original compositions such as Vital Space, inspired by an estate agent and Ewe Field, a song about a vegetarian guest house in The Lake District where coincidentally both Stuart and his parents went to for their honeymoons (although not at the same I imagine), were interspersed with classic favourites Alfie, When I fall in Love and that well known jazz standard Amazing Grace. Not an evening for the jazz purists but an entertaining one nevertheless.
Steve H

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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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