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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 Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CD Review: Suzanne Dean – Come To Paradise

Suzanne Dean (composer, background vocals, ukulele); Nicole Zuraitis (lead vocalist); Rich Ruttenberg (keys); Trey Henry (bass); Dean Parks (guitar); John Daversa (trumpet); Bob Sheppard (sop sax); Casey Scheuerell (drums); Scott Breadman (perc)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Suzanne Dean is not the lead vocalist, she’s the composer and lyricist of six original songs influenced by her interest in acoustic folk music of the 60s and 70s prior to her later immersion in jazz. Experienced in playing keyboards, guitar and arranging, Dean is also a music educator at Berklee.  Come to Paradise is the third album that she’s been involved in, and she is aided by seasoned LA session musicians.

An enjoyable CD, but I found the mix of styles a little disconcerting, and I’d have preferred the music to have been all jazz, all folky, or with more in the style of the final exciting track, Ngizohamba (I Will Go) sung in Zulu to the accompaniment of percussion only, mainly African hand drums, very stimulating music which would have had me joining in if I could speak the language.
Come To Paradise, a folksong-like opening, a jazzy piano solo and effective singing from Ms Zuraitis, clear lyrics delivered in an alto voice. What Dreams Are Made Of, is a jazz-like love song featuring trumpet, but the next 3 numbers, Soulstar, On A Cloud, and Dance The Night Away all came across in a more ‘middle of the road’ style of music rather than jazz.
Nothing wrong with that sort of music if that is what you like, but I didn’t expect it on this particular CD.
Ann Alex.
The  album is available on Ship’s Bell Music, from all fine retailers.

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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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