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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review - Jazz @ The Spotted Dog, Birmingham


(Review by Lance)
The Spotted Dog in Digbeth, Birmingham, hosts weekly jazz sessions and this CD showcases the various bands who play there. I'm not sure if the CD is generally available or just a promo re gigs at the pub (every Tuesday). However, I'm sure it will be on sale at the pub and no doubt also available via the website.
The bands represented are the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra; Hanu-Tori; Mark Pringle's Moveable Feast; Toby Boalch Sextet; Mike Fletcher Trio; Outward Quartet; Jonathan Silk Big Band; FRIDA; Young Pilgrims; Autumn.
A diversity of styles indicating the vibrant scene that's happening in just one pub in our, so I'm told, "Second City".
If you're in Birmingham, drop by, on a Tuesday, for a Guinness and some jazz.
Thank you, Jonathan Silk (pictured), for this. If ever I'm down that way I'll certainly look in - providing there's more than Guinness on offer!
This got me around to thinking that there's a whole lot of bands that have made CDs in our "First City" [Newcastle] and wouldn't it be good if someone were to put together a compilation of what our north-east bands are up to?
And, whilst sales generated between, say, 12 bands, wouldn't amount to a hill of beans each, it would, however, make for a decent charitable donation to whatever...
Just a thought...
Lance.

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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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