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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 12.

Alan Glen (piano); John Pope (bass); Sid White (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Coldest night of the year, snow, tidal surges and strong winds forecast. The heating in the downstairs bar had also failed. What else could go wrong?
Nothing!
Not with the Alan Glen Trio playing in the upper room - the temperature seemed fine up there.
Must have been the music.
The Glen Trio can warm up any room!
The north-east is blessed with many fine players and Alan Glen is the doyen of them all, Despite his four score years he can hold his own. There may be a barely discernable decrease in dexterity, although I didn't notice it, but, if there is, he makes up for it with the ever-evolving flow of ideas he transmits to the keyboard via head, heart, soul and fingers.
He was on form.
This was the A-Team.
John Pope, on bass, is Premier League - maybe even Champion's League - his solos, always full of humour without losing the plot. He swings and does it in a sympathetic and melodic way.
Sid on drums drives things along nicely and his kickass solo on Tune Up was full of dynamics, rhythmic permutations, and some explosions that would have caused the building to be evacuated had the bomb squad been passing by!
This is a trio that has developed over the years, with changing personnel, into a band that will be, ranked alongside the great Newcastle bands of yore.
How's about suggesting who those bands are?
Getting back to the gig.
If I Should Lose You; Here's That Rainy Day; It's You or No One; Everything Happens to me; East of the Sun; Waltz in C*; My Funny Valentine and Milestones took us up to intermission.
Time to recharge our glasses, A Red Kite flew in from Wylam and set me up for more music.
Solar; My Romance; I'll Close my Eyes; My Foolish Heart**; Yardbird Suite; Easy Go* and Tune Up completed the 'official' programme before Blue Monk - the bonus ball - brought the show to a close. A great gig that, in a perfect world, would have filled the neighboring /arena.
In a perfect world...
Lance.
* Alan Glen original.
** If this gig had been in December, My Foolish Heart would have been the ballad performance of the year. As it is, who knows?
Photos.

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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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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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