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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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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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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