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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
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, January 18, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - January 17.

 (Review by Lance).
The first Jazz Café jam of 2017 began low key with guitarist Mark Williams at the helm in place of the, so we thought, still cruising Pete Gilligan. Lovingly caressing his recently acquired Heritage guitar, Mark set the mood with Out of Nowhere, I Love You and I Remember Clifford. With Morgan and Grainger providing solid support, the scene was set for the big hitters in the room to stand up and be counted.
First to show was Pete Tanton of SSBB and the Riviera Quartet. Pete, blowing open horn, did justice to Four and Bye Bye Blackbird. But, why have one trumpet when you can have two? Ray Johnson came down from the hills and the two brassmen had a friendly joust on There Will Never be Another You.

Time for a change. Nick Gould, the big sounding tenor player from Edinburgh, paired up with Johnson, young Matt Mackellar took over on drums and Pete Gilligan who, it would appear, was no longer cruising in the Antipodes occupied the piano stool for Johnny Mercer's Tangerine and somebody else's On Green Dolphin Street. The evening was just getting better and better!
Stu Finden joined Nick for a two tenor workout on Stella by Starlight before Pete Tanton added his weight to the front line for Billie's Bounce. John Pope had also appeared and Mark returned.
Like Someone in Love featured the two tenors with some scintillating interplay between them.
And still the troops kept on arriving!
This time it was Don Forbes, trumpet loaded and in the firing line. It was one of those boppy numbers that I can never remember the title of - it may have been Au Privave. Outstanding was Mackellar's solo on brushes.
There hadn't been any vocalists so far.
There was now!
Minnie Fraser gave outstanding performances of That Old Devil Moon and Stardust.
Pete was back on piano, Paul on bass and James Anderson, over from Ireland, on drums.
So, in the course of the evening, we'd had an American, a Scotsman, two Irishmen and an assortment of Englanders for a truly cosmopolitan night's jazz.
Next jam is on St. Valentine's Day.
Lance.
Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Pete Tanton, Ray Johnson (trumpets); Nick Gould, Stu Finden (tenors); Pete Gilligan (piano); John Pope (bass); Matthew Mackellar, James Anderson (drums); Minnie Fraser (vocal).

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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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