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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ The Lit & Phil. February 24

Lindsay Hannon (vocals) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley from archive)
Some projects work from the off, they just do. In so much that this new duo is a ‘project’, there is much to be mined from the Great American Songbook. Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston’s debut performance at the Jazz Café in the autumn of last year attracted a full house and this Lit and Phil lunchtime concert similarly drew a capacity audience.
As last minute additional seating was being put in place to accommodate the growing numbers, guitarist Bradley Johnston observed that his co-performer Lindsay Hannon had disappeared. It could be a solo jazz guitar concert quipped Johnston. Out of nowhere, Ms. Hannon materialised – dressed in black evening gown and pearls, Johnston in regulation Joe Pass accompanist attire. Ellington, Jobim, Arlen…the GASbook. Discerning listeners showed their appreciation – Yeah!
and Yes, Sir! greeting a Hannon verse, a Johnston solo. It’s about timing; Hannon’s honed vocal, taking a lyric for a walk, always arriving at her destination on time, Johnston crafting the lines the tune demands, respecting the art of the composer.
Ain’t Got Nothin’ but the Blues, One Note Samba (Hannon’s vocal dexterity), pin-drop silence, a prescient Stormy Weather, the duo heading to the West Coast (Blues). Ella and Joe Pass (and a similar rich vein of material waiting to be mined) could well see the Hannon-Johnston partnership develop and prosper long into the future.
The Lit & Phil’s March jazz concert will be on the last day of the month – Friday 31 – featuring the Paul Edis, Paul Susans, Rob Walker trio Triptych. One o’clock start, please arrive in good time as yet another full house is anticipated.       
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.
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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