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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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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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jam Session @ The Empty Castle - November 20


(Review by Steve T).
Relocated from the Empty Shop to Durham Castle for one night only and a guest musician relocated from Birmingham for a sleep.
Logistics meant by the time I got there with a guitar it was already in full swing and sounding good.
Matthew Jacobs, playing keyboard, seems to be chief organiser in amongst his degree in maths and physics, which is pretty impressive in itself.
Dylan Purdes held on to the bass for the night and Will Elias was the second of two drummers but the other escaped before I could accost him. The tenor player who was up when I got there also got away.
Time for the locals to infiltrate and number one son didn't need to be asked once. Young Ben Lawrence had declined to bring a trumpet but Matthew managed to coax him behind the keyboard.
Some sound problems meant the next piece turned into a guitar trio - no problem - but once sorted, Ben looked and sounded great, all Glaspered up from his encounter with 'the great man' at Sage Gateshead last Thursday. Give him a vocoder and no doubt he'd have been singing along.
Matthew returned armed with a melodica for an inspired version of Hubbard’s Red ClayThe melodica was a toy instrument until reggae genius (not a word I use lightly) Augustus Pablo turned into a frontline reggae instrument.
For a reason nobody quite understood, the bar suddenly closed at 10pm but through the night they'd played Have You Met Miss Jones? All the Things You Are (obviously), There Will Never be Another You, The Girl from Ipanema, How High the Moon, How Insensitive, Anthropology and Mr PC.
Whether at the salubrious Castle setting in Palace Green, or the earthier Empty Shop in the heart of Durham City, this could turn into a classic night if the locals support it, both musicians and audience, through the coming together of the North East Jazz scene and students from potentially anywhere in the world.
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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