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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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CD Review: Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra - A New Start

Amazingly, this is the first time Pete Hurt has appeared in these pages. Presumably, his UK parameters have been confined to the 'home counties' rather than the frozen north! Still, better late than never if this album is anything to go by!
A contemporary jazz orchestra rather than a big band. An orchestra that has absorbed the complete gamut of modern jazz from, say, Boyd Raeburn, Gil Evans, George Russell, John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler to Mike Gibbs and beyond. Superb contemporary arrangements cushioning the soloists in the manner of the aforementioned grandmasters.
Talking soloists, the band, sorry orchestra! is full of them Josephine Davies on tenor, Tori Freestone's soprano solo on Forbidden Fruit, Kate Williams' piano on Sabotage, Owen Dawson, on trombone, Nick Costley-White on guitar.... so much more...  like founder members Henry Lowther on trumpet and Dave Powell anchoring on tuba. A dream album but, why did Pete Hurt wait until the final track before unleashing a solo of his own? I want to hear more of him!
More info/personnel/samples.
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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