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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

James Taylor Quartet @ Hull Jazz Festival - July 23

(Review by Annie O'Donnell).
It was hot enough to cook scrambled eggs in Hull Truck Theatre by the time the James Taylor Quartet ...plus Two had finished raising the temperature with their Hot Hammond Jazz Horse rider Mr T leading his posse of Jazzboys featuring the exquisitely tall. lean and keen Mr Andrew Mc Kinney  on bass guitar, Mr Pat Illingworth who orchestrated drums better than Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen...and no swear words. Mr Mark Cox who had so much and jazzgirl Miss Yvonne Yanney's  deep smoky vocals richer than an Islay Malt. 
Mr James Taylor opened up with sharp fast funk fusing deep chords. Pat Illingworth jumps up in his seat  swinging sticks, a dancing bass and guitar all interplaying better than Fred and Ginger. James shakes the Hammond, switch flex comes out in a drum solo...and what a solo...Pat is a musician... James requests for him to play on while he reconnects the flex to the Hammond and, once the music is over, asks if anyone has any Sellotape...
Andrew Mc Kinney has dancing fingers and legs..feeling every note, nodding at every drum beat...
I am mesmerised with pure joy and the fresh energy rising from these gentlemen.
James shakes, and rubs his hands over keys like warm electricity.....his signature tune...Starsky & Hutch is played.. a couple dressed in character outfits get up to dance and are invited to the front. They remain in the seat space dancing...the audience is up on its feet dancing and clapping all the way...some energetic audience members remain on their feet for most of the concert.
The elegant Miss Yvonne Yanney comes on to sing Love Will Keep Us Together...
James definitely has magic fingers hitting the keys like a Christmas Cake Maker kneading the keys pressing down for right consistency..."now everybody stand up and sing it loud" and everyone does...Nick Smart and Rob (didn't get his surname) in the Horns section are two professional lads with the right brassy attitude and being a mother of lads... this band is one of professional lads who really know how to play and do their thing, conversing with the audience passionately with fast pacing chasing screams of Yes.....
Yvonne belts out Love The Life You Live with James and Co... Not once was I bored or looked at my watch or had mind drifting syndrome.... I wanted them to play forever....

The James Taylor Quartet stopped at my house way back in the late 80's and early 90's when he played at The Adelphi...he was brilliant then and he and his lads and lass are still equally brilliant...
Annie O'Donnell.

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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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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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