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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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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.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Songs Of The Year For 2017 from Ann Alex

I have a special interest in songs and lyrics, so my list for 2017 consists of songs which I especially enjoyed last year, though the songs chosen don’t necessarily ‘belong’ to 2017.


It’s a highly personal selection, with only 3 jazz songs out of 7, but a good song is a good song of whatever genre, so I make no apology for including the likes of Adele.

In no particular order:
Crazy Rhythm: I’ve written about this one before, it gives a picture of American life and the ‘new’ jazz music.


One Day Like This: by Elbow.  A wonderful optimistic song, beautifully arranged.

Creep  by Radiohead.  I first heard this song of teenage angst when it was sung well by a young lad at a local buskers night. Everyone else had heard it before. Amusing, and a bit sad at the same time.

Someone Like You by Adele.  A love song that many people can identify with, sung with real feeling. Adele wept in her dressing room after singing this, as it’s autobiographical. I’ve been known to stand stock still in clothes shops when this is played.

The Galway Farmer by Show of Hands.  A happy folk song, written by the band, about an Irish farmer who had good luck at the races. You can hear it on YouTube. We did this in a band with Folkworks, and I got to portray a horse race rhythm on the bodhran, which was great fun!

I Can’t Get Started   Dave Weisser did this well at a recent jam at the Globe, and it was good to hear a Gasbook song sung by an American. The song provoked quite a discussion with a friend about the lyrics. It’s another of those jazz songs which are not only about love, but about life in the USA.


You Don’t Know What Love Is  I’d heard this sung with feeling many times by Fiona Finden, then it came up during a course at the Globe, so I appreciated the lyrics even more. 
Ann Alex.

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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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