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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

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
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.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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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.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

CoCo Rouzier w. Pete Gilligan Trio @ The Cherry Tree - November 8


CoCo Rouzier (vcl); Pete Gilligan (pno)); Neil Harland (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Question: What could be better than listening to CoCo Rozier and the Pete Gilligan Trio as I did last week at the Jazz Café?
Answer: Listening to CoCo Rouzier with the Pete Gilligan Trio whilst fine dining on Pan Fried King Prawns in spicy Arabian sauce, fennel and shallots; Bistro Rump Steak w. traditional garnish and fries and, to finish, Eton Mess.
The trio warmed us up with On the Sunny Side of the Street setting the stage for CoCo to be greeted with an appreciative welcome from the audience (several had been at the Jazz Café on Friday and wanted more - they got it!)
Although her programme was relatively unchanged - All of Me; 'T ain't Nobody's Business if I do and Let's Face the Music and Dance being new additions - the more spacious  room allowed her to mingle with the audience even to have a dance with one of them and a canoodle with another!
The rapport was there. In response to a request from the chef for a Beyoncé song she replied, "When you can cook fried chicken like my momma does I'll sing Beyoncé!"
Needless to say, the Gilligan Trio once again provided solid support, this time with Neil Harland on bass. Neil's bowed bass solo on It Don't Mean a Thing - a highlight.
By the time the evening drew to a close with What'd I Say? there were dancers shaking it about - CoCo is also adept in that department. Was that it? You bet your life it wasn't! More! More! More! they shouted. So off they went again. In  the cold light of morning, the name of the tune escapes me but it was a soul classic I'm sure and if it wasn't it is now!
Her next gig is in Beijing!
Lance. 

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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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