James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Saturday, November 05, 2016
The Wheel of Fortune has stopped spinning - RIP Kay Starr.
The death of Kay Starr on Thursday (November 3) left a lump in my throat. Starr's distinctive vocal style made her one of my early heartthrobs. Kay was a pop singer and I had yet to get into jazz, unaware that she'd been into jazz for a long time. Soon I was forgetting her pop hits and discovering the jazz roots. The sides she made as a teenager with Glenn Miller. The emotive Sharecroppin' Blues with Charlie Barnet and the live performance of Good For Nothin' Joe with Barney Kessel.
These were as good as anything doing the rounds at the time. Then there were the sides with Joe Venuti, with Vic Dickenson, Barney Bigard etc. - Mama Goes Where Papa Goes and You've Got To See Your Mama Every Night or You Don't See Your Mama at All - pop singer? blues singer? jazz singer? The lady ticked all three boxes! She also dubbed Adele Jurgens' singing voice in the 1947 Columbia movie Down to Earth. And, as the picture shows, made the cover of Jazz Journal in 1953.
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.)