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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

GIJF: Phil Meadows Lifecycles w. Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jambone. April 16

Matt Roberts (cond); Phil Meadows (alt/sop/comp); Percy Pursglove (tpt/flug); Flo Moore (bs); Zoe Gilby (voice); Liam Noble (pno); Tim Giles (dms) + Royal Northern Sinfonia + Jambone.
(Review by Lance)
The furniture removers had been on stage, shifting piano, drums, music stands, mics and all the usual paraphernalia needed to accommodate a symphony orchestra, a big band, and soloists.
This was the north-east premiere of Phil Meadows new suite, Lifecycles.
The 37 strong Sinfonia occupied the centre ground with Jambone to their rear and the three principals out front.
So many changes of mood and tempo as befits the title - think of The Seven Ages of Man from As You Like It.
I learned several things from this set. Zoe Gilby is more than 'just a jazz singer'. In what must surely have been one of the most demanding gigs of her career, she came through with flying colours. At times, almost a coloratura delivery - and didn't she look as good as she sounded?
I overheard her ma saying that she was proud of her - we all were Hils!
Percy Pursglove is one helluva trumpet player - apart from the chorus where it sounded like he was regurgitating - he ranks alongside, and above, most of his contemporaries!
Meadows too is the business both as a composer and saxman. Add Noble, Moore, and Giles who need no introductions - their credentials are sound - made this one memorable afternoon. Oh and let's not forget harpist Olivia Jageurs - impressive.
Trumpet player Matt Roberts (he's from Darlington and they have a festival next weekend) conducted, successfully bringing all the elements together. An amazing sight to see the whole Sinfonia, seemingly, jamming away freestyle behind the soloists. Bradley Creswick (first violin) was having a ball - but then - weren't we all?
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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