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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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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GIJF: Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw @ Sage Gateshead. April 15

 Liane Carroll (piano & vocals) & Ian Shaw (piano & vocals)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy Ken Drew)
Jazz festivals like to book a number of musicians who are ‘box office’ performers. The Gateshead International Jazz Festival presented two for the price of one in Sage Two’s opening night ‘late night’ show. Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw give a performance every time they take to the stage. This 2016 GIJF concert gave top billing to Carroll with her friend of many years Ian Shaw her ‘special guest’ (pictured here on the Concourse).
Carroll takes after Shaw with her on-stage repartee. Living in Hastings, Ms Carroll has performed all over the world, seen and done it all, yet, here at Sage Gateshead presented a  persona of the fragile, vulnerable performer. Does Carroll know how good she is?
Possessing a fabulous, powerful voice, a cast iron technique as a pianist and an engaging personality, Carroll drew huge applause time and again. Impassioned singing, saloon bar piano playing (of a most superior kind), the two ingredients combined to make for a great gig. Head thrown back, singing to the stars, Carroll gave her all. Friend Ian Shaw walked onto stage to join her, initially standing by the piano, sharing the lyric. A chemistry, clear to all, exists between the two; sharing a lyric, sharing a joke, worldly-wise, hilarious. The roles reversed, Shaw sat at the piano, Carroll front of stage, pathos and comedic timing a winning combination, the duo could have played all night. All of Me to Leonard Cohen to Joni’s Big Yellow Taxi, this was paradise, definitely no soul-destroying parking lot.
Ian Shaw, stand-up, singer, pianist, activist. Shaw took time out to talk about his regular visits to the euphemistically known ‘Calais jungle’. He is a hands-on volunteer helper at a twenty first century ‘detention centre’ (your reviewer’s description of the EU’s shameful shanty town). Shaw, a world class vocalist (and pianist) mixes music and politics. Good on you, Ian. To quote Pastor Niemoeller: Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me. Ian Shaw returns to Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 15 June- be there.
Russell.             

1 comment :

Hugh said...

I'm sure Ian Shaw (no pun intended!) was not on the original billing for this gig, but was added later as the "Special Guest".
Liane Carroll does indeed have a fantastic voice, large octave range and huge dynamic range - a real treat. I would not describe her as fragile, but she certainly is perhaps understated - there is nothing of the diva about her manner and she is self deprecating (in a humourous way). Tickets for Ian Shaw already booked!

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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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