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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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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
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Steve Glendinning Quartet @ The Globe - July 2.

Steve Glendinning (gtr); Chris Jelly (vbs); Mike Clarke (bs gtr); Mark Robertson (dms)
(Review by Lance)
I've got mixed emotions about this gig. Thrilled and proud to have been there, sad for those who missed it, whilst, at the same time, greeting those absentees with a fully justified "na-na-na-na-na"!
You thought you'd heard good vibes earlier this week? Man, you ain't heard nuttin' yet! Chris Jelly is to vibes playing what Mark Cavendish is to sprinting!
It began low-key with Glendinning playing an unaccompanied piece by a lutist from the court of Louis XIV, proving that jazz did begin with Louis.
So What?, you might say as the quartet segued into the Miles Davis classic from Kind of Blue. Vibes, guitar and bass answering the question punctuated by drums. This was just the start.
Next up, East of the Sun. Great song going back to the days of Sinatra with Dorsey and beyond. The quartet had used it earlier for a soundcheck and here it was in all its glory. If I never hear a better version then I will die happy!
Watch What Happens - a fast bossa nova - showed off all four before slowing down for an emotive A Time For Love.
Both Steve and Chris are lynchpins in the funky outfit known as King Bee so it was no surprise that the first set concluded with an item from that genre - Big Ship (at least I think that was the title!)
The second set began with more solo guitar before hitting the deck with either Chick Corea's Spain or Meet the Flintstones - can't remember which! What's in a name?!
A Pat Metheny number then, for me, the next number was the number 12 bus.
Superb session!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Minnie Fraser (on F/b)Sunday, July 03, 2016 4:32:00 pm

    They were awesome!!!

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  2. No question, I'd have been there if I hadn't been elsewhere. The bad news is it'll no doubt be a period of time before his hands heal and he can do it again.
    He's definitely one of the few, with Lord Paul and AC.
    No disrespect to Steve either; a fine guitarist and a really nice lad and no 1 son was chuffed to play with him (on the Friday night after GIJF) before he toddles off. Sights now on MW.
    And an Ornette Coleman thing at the Bridge tonight! Ever get the feeling you've been stitched up?

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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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