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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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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 07, 2016

CD Review: Ira Hill - Tomorrow.

Ira Hill – vocals; John Proulx – piano; Kevin Axt – bass; Dave Tull – drums; Craig Fundyga – vibes; Doug Webb – saxophones; Alex Acuna – percussion; Ramon Stagnaro – guitar; Cheryl Bentyne – vocals.
(Review by Debra M.)
Although just 19 years old, the young American Ira Hill has immersed himself in the vocal jazz tradition of the latter half of the 20th century.  Based in Phoenix, Arizona, and mentored by Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland and Grammy-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts,  Cheryl  Bentyne,  of Manhatten Transfer, was so impressed by him at a jazz singing workshop in LA, she went on to produce  Tomorrow,  his debut album. 
Stylistically broad, the CD includes some relatively obscure material, encompassing swing, Latin, ballad & bebop, and it is disappointing that the composers are not listed (although, the reviewer had fun looking them up). My Funny Valentine is the best known, and possibly an overused, standard. However, the spacious arrangement, with the excellent John Proulx on piano, showcases Ira’s mellifluous voice, as he gives a heartfelt, but not overdone rendition.  The album features a number of bebop numbers, with Eddie Jefferson’s vocalese revisited in Billie’s Bounce; Moody’s Mood for Love  and ‘Cloudburst’ – a recreation of the Hendricks, Lambert & Ross arrangement.  The vocal acrobatics are handled assuredly, along with some pretty fine scatting.  The most contemporary track is the atmospheric Minuano, a nod to Kurt Elling’s version of the Pat Metheny composition.  And to finish off, Mark Murphy’s You’ve Proven Your Point - Yes he has! Watch out for Ira Hill.
Debra.

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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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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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