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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CD Review: Mary Foster Conklin - Photographs

Mary Foster Conklin (vocals); John DiMartino (piano); Ed Howard (bass); Shinnosuke Takahashi (drums); Joel Frahm (sop and ten sax); Warren Vache (cornet); Paul Meyers (guitar); Nanny Assis (percussion); Houston Person (ten sax on For No One)
(Review by Ann Alex)
New Jersey native Mary Foster Conklin has appeared in theatres, jazz clubs and cabarets in the New York area and throughout the USA and Canada. Photographs, her fourth CD, is the culmination of more than 30 years of performing.  Each tune is said to be a musical snapshot of where she is as an artist today. The tunes include 5 songs from the legendary Fran Landesman, with their slightly bitter yet tender lyrics and lesser performed songs such as Autumn Serenade.
The voice is a rich alto and the instrumentalists are on top form, especially the bass, yet I was a bit disappointed with the CD as a whole.  I felt that the cabaret style of singing was rather too prominent on some tracks, which left an overall impression of the songs being too ‘worked’, and in fact sounding like hard work.  I much preferred the faster numbers such as the Latin influenced Cinnamon and Clove, which zings along easily with lively contributions from the percussion, or Landesman’s Nothing Like You, with its effective tenor solo, and the advice for living in the lyrics of Long As You’re Living.
The other Fran Lindesman tracks, which may have been more suited to a cabaret bar, were: Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; Small day Tomorrow: Photographs; and The Winds Of Heaven
It was good to hear an honest to goodness standard in the shape of Moonglow;  the more unusual material included Night in the City (Joni Mitchell); Key Largo; For No One (Lennon/McCartney) and Nightsong.  
The CD was released on February 2, 2016 on Mock Turtle Music, catalogue # MT00221.
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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