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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Alone Together: Noel Dennis & Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café. Feb 27

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn); Dean Stockdale (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo by Lance from archives).
Together again at the Jazz Café, Noel Dennis and Dean Stockdale played a superlative set of standards. Autumn Leaves, Love for Sale (Noel Dennis straight at it with ideas flowing) and Beautiful Love (Dennis on flugelhorn). Dean Stockdale coaxed a tune out of an ailing upright. Two top flight musicians in top gear. Quite a start!
My Funny Valentine (‘a week late’, observed Dennis) featured sensitive flugelhorn. Kind of Blue yielded Freddie Freeloader with Wynton Kelly’s part taken on by Stockdale with value added stride into the bargain and Dennis hitting on a slurring N’Awlins’ vibe. Class playing, the audience showed its appreciation, an excellent first set.
Nostalgia in Times Square opened the second half with Stockdale’s penchant for stride in evidence and Dennis saying he had left his car in the nearby Times Square multi-storey car park! Tom Harrell’s Moon Alley got another runout. Trumpet players love Tom Harrell, this one a bossa feel, straight in. Alone Together was very together; fleet flugelhorn and a sparkling piano solo. Some Day My Prince Will Come, Blue in Green – the tunes kept on coming. Introducing the latter number whilst fitting a battered mute, Dennis recalled that one of his young children said to him as he was about to get in some practice: Dad, close the door.
The Saturday night Jazz Café crowd comprised the usual faces, the new and the transient. They were treated to – Humph would have concurred – the best of jazz. Determined to go out on a snorter, Dennis and Stockdale left them trailing in their wake on Au Privave. An insistent audience won an encore. Dennis’ lip was surely in danger of giving out. Superb playing all night, he and Stockdale took it down on There is no Greater Love.       
Russell.                      

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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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