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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Alice Grace and Peter Gilligan Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond. June 15

Alice Grace (vcl); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Even the vocal talents of Alice Grace and the launch of a revised Table d'Hote menu by the Cherry Tree's new chef failed to lure the footy fans away from their tv sets. As Alice, Pete and co started up with I Thought About You there were more tiger prawns in my salad nicoise than there were bums on seats.
 As I chomped my way through the delicious starter Alice and the trio went into Bossa Nova mode for Dindi followed by a swingy Taking a Chance on Love. I didn't take any chances with my main course - 6oz Bistro Rump steak, traditional garnish, and fries while Alice bemoaned the absence of her  Angel Eyes. However, the melancholia vanished with Clifford Brown's Joyspring. Sung impressively albeit, disappointingly, with only a minimum of scatting! If I Knew Then What I Know Now and Deed I Do led to  a perfect voice and piano interpretation of In a Sentimental Mood and the end of the set which was also the beginning of my Lemon cheesecake topped with fresh fruits - the dessert recommended by Maitre d Nicola. Delicious.
Abbey Lincoln's In a Magic World; What is This Thing Called Love and Don't Get Around Much Anymore were well up to par but the 33a beckoned and I regrettably had to leave before the final whistle (damn football references creep in everywhere these days!)
Food was great, music superb and no fighting!
However, sad that four such excellent musicians weren't given more support, but you can catch them in Durham tonight or Blaydon on Sunday.
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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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