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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 Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Alice Grace & Peter Gilligan @ the Jazz Café - May 28. First Set

Alice Grace (vcl); Peter Gilligan (pno) + Pete Tanton (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
The Jazz Café was crowded, as was Wembley Stadium earlier. Taking into account the difference in size and numbers between the two venues, on  a decibel per person basis the Caff audience was relatively noisier than the Hull fans were when the 'Tigers' scored the winning goal!
Ironically, Alice's second number was Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise! This had followed a bouncy Weaver of Dreams that  had Ms. Grace scatting with a hornlike fluency aided and abetted by Gilligan's piano support and his own prolific solo. Bossa Nova time and A Day in the Life of a Fool - one of the many titles given to the Black Orpheus tune. It was cool and temporarily brought the noise level down to that of the Sheffield Wednesday fans.
Norma Winstone's arrangement of Two Kites followed by a Kenny Wheeler tune led to trumpet player Pete Tanton coming off the bench or, to be more precise, a barstool, to join the duo for In a Sentimental Mood. Harmon-muted, he complemented the vocal and even managed to be heard!.
Musically, it had been a good first set but the boisterous crowd deterred me from hanging around for the second. Don't get me wrong, unlike in a concert hall, I don't expect the audience in a bar or a club to sit in sepulchral silence but I do assume they will show a degree of respect to the performers.
Lance.


2 comments :

  1. This a continual nightmare at the excellent free gigs at the Caff. No one ever made money by selling drinks to a jazz audience so understandably they can't risk upsetting the other customers by asking them to respect the musicians. However last night the background noise was so loud I could hardly hear what seemed like an excellent gig. Funny thing is that those who make the biggest racket during the numbers also seem to applaud the most enthusiastically at their conclusion.

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  2. The audience far too small for some gigs, far too loud for others... Let's just be glad there was a good number of people there!

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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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