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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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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. 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 15, 2016

Simone Gubbiotti Trio @ The Jazz Café, Newcastle. May 13

Simone Gubbiotti (guitar), Davide Liberti (electric bass) & Ruben Bellavia (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Guitarist Simone Gubbiotti arrived at the Jazz Café to play a final date of a British tour. In fact, this Newcastle appearance was an extra gig at the end of a tour of Scotland. The Umbria-based Gubbiotti arrived with an impressive pedigree; Berklee student, gigs and recording dates with luminaries such as Peter Erskine and a current deal with Dot Time Records.
A communication breakdown, one of the perils of being on the road, resulted in Davide Liberti being without a double bass. Too late in the day to beg, steal or borrow from the local bull fiddlers, Liberti’s trusty six string Yamaha bass guitar was called into service. The trio – Gubbiotti, Liberti and drummer Ruben Bellavia – played two sets of original material with one or two standards thrown in for good measure. Gubbiotti exudes an air of calm and this is reflected in his playing. Light of touch, sketching hypnotic melodies not unlike Pat Metheny, Gubbiotti revealed an edge to his playing as and when required, such as on a swinging blues walk. Bossa, text book GAS book – Stella by Starlight – an excellent Township feel on African Latitude, Gubbiotti is a fine player. Davide Liberti’s six string bass playing demonstrated his command of the instrument. Perhaps next time the seated bassist will be seen standing with his very own double bass at the Jazz Café!   Ruben Bellavia, a new name to many, has become an instant favourite. Hugely talented, dynamic (occasionally loud!), the drummer is one to watch and hopefully hear again.
Gubbiotti, Liberti and Bellavia made new friends on Tyneside. Amiable, available to all, more than willing to sign CDs, it would be good to see the Italian trio return to the Jazz Café.     
Photos.
Russell.        

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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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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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