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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Jam Session with the Peter Gilligan Trio @ Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival - August 27

 (Review by Steve T)
A large number of those from the headline made their way round to the lounge and were suitably rewarded. The leader, with Paul Grainger, on bass for the rest of the night, and Russ Morgan on drums, jacketless but still dapper in tie and waistcoat, took the first three before FDT, typically un-phased by the illustrious company in the lounge, couldn’t be held back any longer.

Somebody else who just can’t help themselves soon took over the piano stool from the host and was followed by the two headliners his trio had just backed in the theatre, showing that they’re true Jazz musicians who never miss an opportunity to play, and Bruce Adams’ trumpet, in the more confined space of the lounge, totally blew the roof off the sucker.
He seemed fascinated by Francis and it transpires guitar is his second instrument. Francis told him trumpet is his second instrument but reassured him he has nothing to worry about.
The happiest face of the whole festival belonged to John Trevitt from Cleethorpes who sat in on drums for just one number but later claimed it was one of the best things he’d ever done, and it showed.
Lady Kate, who Paul confirmed (what we already suspected) is the Boss, called time at about 11.45 and it went out still on a high without an embarrassing fizzling out.
Steve T.

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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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