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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

GIJF: Jambone - Sage Gateshead. April 16.

(Review by Lance).
Sage Gateshead's policy of giving young musicians the opportunity to develop any early promise shown is never better exemplified than in the ensemble. Directed and tutored by Paul Edis, who must surely be ranked as one of the UK's top jazz educators - many talented players have emerged from Jambone. The current band is a work in progress, as it always is. End of term, the stars shoot off to pastures new eg: guitarist Francis Tulip off to Birmingham Conservatoire. Francis had the awesome task of taking over the guitar chair from Bradley Johnston. That he was able to meet the challenge says much for his ability and the guidance he received. However, such is the fertile ground that no sooner have they gone than another takes their place. Perhaps 13-year-old trumpet player Lucien Guest is the next one to be noticed. His full-toned passage on Edis' Vignette suggested he could be.
But, it's unfair to make comparisions, all played to their best whether as a soloist or a section player and long may Jambone thrive.
One player is deserved of mention above all others and he wasn't even there! Baritone sax player Ciaron Jasper was reportedly stuck in a traffic jam and couldn't make the gig. How heartbreaking is that? Imagine it happening to a footballer on cup final day (not that I know any baritone sax playing footballers!)
So they needed a dep. But who, at such short notice? John Surman was around but he was preparing for his own gig.
Phil Meadows (pictured) - the man who'd actually composed the Lifecycles suite that was to be played in the second set - was commandeered, or maybe he volunteered, whatever. He's quite young but not that young yet didn't look out of place and sight read Paul Edis' parts.
This was set one.
Lance.
Apologies for the lack of photos of the  band but only the official snappers are allowed.

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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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