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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Alice Grace Quartet @ The Jazz Café - June 30











Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Lance).
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... The best of times being Alice and her revamped quartet who gave an inspiring performance at The Caff last night. It began with Moon Valley, a Sir John Dankworth opus with lyric by Duncan Lamont which is, indeed, a true meeting of minds, and ended, for me, with Moon Alley by Tom Harrell that had words penned by Alice herself. 
The numbers in between included Monk's Ugly Beauty and Windows by Chick Corea the lyric of which was also by Alice. There were others, all sung to perfection and ably supported by Henchmen Williams, Grainger and Morgan. Williams had some knockout solos - doesn't he always? Grainger was at the top of his game and Morgan, whether with sticks, brushes or hands, did the business. Alice, of course, was, well, Alice. Marriage hasn't damaged her vocal chords. If anything, tying the knot may have enhanced them.
It was a good gig that deserved to fill the Arena - maybe she should tell jokes - which brings me to the worst of times...
I'd timed my exit to catch the Metro and then connect with the number 27 at either Heworth or Hebburn. A plan that usually works well.
The best-laid schemes etc...
Central Station was awash with humanity! Bomb scare? Terrorist threat?
No. It seems there was a stand-up comic* on at the Arena and such were the crowds he'd drawn that the station platforms couldn't cope with the droves and, as such, were being admitted as and when the platforms emptied.
This meant my carefully coordinated journey home was now in tatters so that when I did, finally, get on board a Sunderland train to Heworth the number 27 was long gone.
Fortunately, there was a taxi rank so I took a cab. Or, to be more precise, a people carrier which may be where my notebook ended up which is why my review of Alice's gig is rather more sketchy than normal. But, take my word for it, it was worth all the ensuing trauma!
Lance.
*Micky Flanagan.

1 comment :

Alice Grace said...

Thanks Lance! I believe that you left your notebook at the cafe. I handed in a pink notebook to Kay x

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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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