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Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ruth Lambert & Alan Law @ The Jazz Café. Dec 16

Ruth Lambert (vocals) & Alan Law (piano)
(Review by Russell)
From the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s gig in the Black Swan, a mad dash around the corner to the Jazz Café to catch Ruth Lambert’s second set. Almost a year to the day Lambert and Law played their first ever duo gig in the Caff, and here they were once again to present another GAS book master class. We arrived Round Midnight (22:20 GMT to be precise). The tag ‘world class’ should be used sparingly but, it can be said without fear of contradiction that, within fifty metres (the distance between the Black Swan and the Jazz Café) we heard Alice Grace then Ruth Lambert. What a treat!

Just Squeeze Me sang Lambert, perched atop a high stool at one end of the piano. The man at the keys – Mr Alan Law – plays a mean, saloon bar bluesy piano. Singer Ruth, pianist Alan, they should do more, the betting is they will. On a Clear Day sang Ruth, World on a String, Winter Wonderland, we, the audience, were in heaven, so much so, none of us could hardly speak. Heaven, a jazz singer’s heaven. Mr BC, a fully paid up member of the Lambert fan club, said of the occasion: It’s the only reason I’m here.
Ms Lambert played a request…Santa Baby. Perfect. And to finish, White Christmas. A fabulous half hour or so. World class? You bet.

Russell.        

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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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