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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 Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A first For The Globe – Clog Dancing!

If you’ve never seen clog dancing before, you should have been at the Globe last night to witness the wonderful Grace Smith of folk band The Lindie Quartet strutting her stuff.  Clog dancing is performed on a wooden board, involving tricky complex steps and a few kicks.  An important part of the performance is the percussive, rhythmical sound of the clogs on wood.  This dancing was a forerunner of the tap dancing that you see done in Singin’ In The Rain. Brilliant stuff! Wish I had a photo.
Obviously I don’t intend to do a review of a folk music performance on BSH, but suffice to say that it was a great night of music (2 fiddles, soprano sax, piano and vocals), and we had a full house. The sax gave rise to a fuller sound than just the fiddles alone, and there was even a jazz song,
 Someone To Watch Over Me, with a  folk reel between the choruses.  Certainly different!
The next folk gig is Speldosa (hammer dulcimer, harp, fiddle) on Saturday March 12.
Ann Alex

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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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