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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Claire Kelly with Pete Gilligan @ The Globe: August 20

Claire Kelly (vocals); Pete Gilligan (piano).
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Dave Parker).
And the BSH gold medal doesn’t go to Claire Kelly.  Lance will burst into tears when he reads that Claire rounded off her excellent performance with (yes!) Summertime. The audience of 6 or so soon became many, as Claire’s friends and admirers flocked in, so that by the end of the gig it was rather lively with a couple dancing at the front and shouts of encouragement from the audience. Pete had assisted with choosing the set list, so Claire was singing some numbers she’d not sung for a few years but you wouldn’t have guessed. Ms Kelly is soon to return to her current home in Thailand, a shame for us but Thailand’s gain, as she’s up there with the best of our ‘local’ women singers.
Confident, strong-voiced and with stage presence, Claire began with I’ve Got The World On A String; and We’ll Be Together Again, followed by very convincing scatting on Aqua De Beberfor contrast we had Ain’t Nobody’s Business But My Own, very bluesy, sliding up and down the scales and Pete in speakeasy mode, playing as well as we’ve come to expect, and better. Let’s Slip Away was from the singing of Cleo Laine, whom Claire once encountered in a lift; the first half closed with a ballad, A Song For You.
We resumed with Beautiful Love and This Masquerade both well-acted, not just sung, and Masquerade was given an improvised ending before being gently faded out. Then a song about clichés old and new (didn’t catch the title); Pete’s choice of Whisper Not; then I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face and a Carmen McCrae song called Tip Toe Gently (I think). My Heart Belongs To Daddy was wonderfully sleazy, with strong sleazy-sounding chords from Pete who was obviously thoroughly enjoying himself, especially when he sang the last line for Claire, after making her laugh out loud .A lively West Coast Blues got a rather gospelly ending, to riotous applause, then came Summertime, just as the Metro called me home, so other songs could have followed for all I know.
A good time was had by all. Thank you, Claire, Pete and the Jazz Co-op.
Ann Alex

5 comments :

Liz said...

ha,ha,had a good laugh at"Summertime" Ann...cannot imagine why Lance dislikes it so much, or maybe it's because it is overdone by wannabes!!

Lance said...

I don't dislike 'Summertime'. It's a great song but, as you say, it's been overdone - not just by the 'wannabes' (which Claire has long moved up from) but by every singer - it's almost become their national anthem. I loved the first thousand renditions but after that I wondered why they didn't dip further into the Porgy and Bess songbook?

Ann Alex said...

Lance, Here is a question. Please answer carefully. About these wannabes, are they always singers or do you come across, say, saxophone or drum wannabes, or even banjo wannabes? Just a thought.

Lance said...

Of course Ann! From the moment you sit at the piano or behind the kit or blow your first note or sing the first chorus of 'The Wheels on the bus go round and round' you're a wannabe. How MUCH you want to be is what makes the difference.

Lance said...

The reviewer asked about a song Claire Kelly sang at the Globe last Saturday - it's called New Clichés.
Claire had first heard it on an album by singer Diane Hubka
(The above info was emailed to me by Nathan Allonby)

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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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