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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

CD Review: LaVon Hardison - Come Together.

LaVon Hardison (vocals);  David Joyner (piano, organ);  Osama Afifi  (bass);  Jeff Busch (drums, percussion, cover art); Brad Schrandt  (flute, sax)
(Review by Ann Alex)
I may as well cut to the quick for the 2nd of my postal CDs – could do better.  I’d go as far as to say that you can hear more adventurous and interesting jazz at a Tuesday Jazz Cafe jam session, or a Saturday evening Globe gig. Mind, I have to say that we do breed a high standard of local musicians.
Boston (USA) born LaVon Hardison did training in classical and opera singing and has worked in TV, film and voiceovers. Come Together is her third album, which attempts to erase the boundaries of jazz, funk and soul. The CD covers jazz standards, contemporary songs such as Sunny, and numbers by the likes of Bernstein, Bacharach and Lennon/McCartney. Hardison’s voice is a rich alto, but she performs the songs mostly ‘straight’ rather than with jazz-like improvisation, except for Close To You, which is refreshingly jazzy. The musicians are mostly competent, especially the pianist, but I was a bit irritated by the rather repetitive, samey drumming and percussion.  I feel that this band could do better and they’ve missed an opportunity.
The track list is: Tomorrow; Sunny; Maybe (Strayhorn); Come Together: Alfie; Unchain My Heart; Better Than Anything;: Close To You; Some Other Time.
The CD is self released. See www.LaVonHardison.com
Ann Alex

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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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