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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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