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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

CD Review: Jocelyn Michelle - Time to Play

Jocelyn Michelle (B3, pno); John Rack, Bruce Forman (gtr); Doug Webb (ten); Steve Mann (ten/alt/sop); Stan Martin, Andrea Lindborg (tpt); Sammy K, Brad Dutz (perc); Gina Saputo, Regina Leonard Smyth (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Hot on the heels of Thursday's Big Idea gig at the Jazz Café, comes this B3 disc from Hawaii. From 'Howay the lads'  to 'Hawaii the lass' for indeed the B3 machinist is of that gender and, going by the album pic, there will be no shortage of roadies to carry the Hammond, the speaker, and her handbag to a gig on the 23rd floor albeit no doubt supervised by husband, guitarist Rack.
The lady can play, she can swing and, if it's not as funky as the Big Idea, Michelle has her own jazzy thing going for her.
Apart from hubby John's excellent guitar solos, the horns are well featured and the two vocalists slot in perfectly on their individual tracks.
It's cool and relaxed, perfect for that balmy evening in Honolulu after a day on the beach at Waikiki drinking a local cocktail and letting the music and the white rum take over.
Come to think of it, if we ever have a balmy evening on Tyneside, after a day on the beach at South Shields, the music would go down equally well.
Lance.
Jocelyn Michelle - Time to Play will be available soon on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Records.

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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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