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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Frankly Sinatra - Stephen Triffitt @ Sage Gateshead, May 18.

Stephen Triffitt (vocal) + 3 saxes; 2 trumpets; 1 trombone; piano; bass; drums and Suzi Woods (guest vocalist)
(Review by Lance).
Level One of Sage One was 99% full. The faithful had turned out to pay tribute to the late legend as seen through the eyes and voice of the generally acknowledged next best thing.
Stephen Triffitt.
He looks like Old Blue Eyes, moves like him and, most importantly, sounds like him. At times it was uncanny such was the resemblance.
It wasn't the hippest of audiences, even though I'd warrant that a fair percentage of them had had hip replacements in recent years, and many of the Sinatra style quips went over their heads. Nevertheless, one and all seemed to enjoy the music with the big winners being New York New York and Strangers in the Night, oh yes and, natch. My Way.
A choice selection of gassers included Come Fly with me; I've Got the World on a String; Pennies From Heaven; Please be Kind; The Summer Wind; Tender Trap; Witchcraft; Way You Look Tonight; Night and Day and New York New York.
This brought the first set to a close - time for a Jack Daniels.
A few familiar faces but ones I recognised from John Wilson concerts at Sage Gateshead or Jason Isaacs gigs at Hoochie Coochie rather than out and out jazz venues.
Maybe Triffitt realised this too as no attempt was made to namecheck the band. MD may have been Nigel Hitchcock and I think the tenor player was called Mark (Marco? Marcus?) it didn't matter, there weren't many solos. The toughest chair was the lonely trombone player interpreting those 5 trombone Nelson Riddle charts.
Surprisingly, no one recognised the famous intro to I've Got You Under my Skin or, if they did, they kept quiet about it. Needless to say the unidentified slideman did the Milt Bernhart solo proud.
The second set gave us Get me to the Church on Time; I've Got you Under my Skin; Strangers in the Night and a guest appearance by the rather lovely Suzi Woods ("My dad's from Seaham Harbour" she announced which drew a muted response). Fever; It Had Better be Tonight and, the real reason for her presence, a duet with Triffitt on Something Stupid. An impressive singer, well worth checking out.
Saloon song time. One For my Baby and Don't Worry 'Bout me.
Ring-A-Ding-Ding songs. Fly me to the Moon; Without a Song; I Won't Dance; You Make me Feel so Young; My Kinda Town and My Way.
It was a standing ovation. Even those who'd barely been able to walk in to the hall were on their feet applauding. 
The last time such a miracle occurred was over 2000 years ago!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Paul Skerritt (on F/b)Friday, May 19, 2017 10:15:00 am

    Stephen Price on keys, Damian Bell on Trumpet, Stephen Triffitt as the man himself!
    Great review Lance

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  2. Nigel Hailwood was the MD (not Nigel Hitchcock) and Mike Hope was on tenor. A lovely review of the night though.

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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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