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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Saturday September 22

Afternoon

Festival of Thrift - Kirkleatham, Redcar, Cleveland TS10 5NW. 10:00am. Line-up

Evening

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Woodside, Shadforth, Co. Durham DH6 1LD. 7:30pm £10.00 (u16 free) includes finger buffet, BYOB.

Ruby Turner - ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 8:00pm. £20.00. + £2.00. b/f.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ruth Lambert with The Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields - February 24

(Review by Ann Alex)
Ruth gave a great performance and looked the part as well, and it’s difficult to find anything fresh to say that hasn’t been said already, but I like a challenge. She looked like a jazz singer, if there is such a look, as she was wearing a long dress, white with a pattern of large black motifs. Nice Work If You Can Get It I thought, which was her opening number –  one and a half choruses with a few bars of soloing from tenor sax. Then a slower song, The Man I Love, and a flugelhorn solo from Mr Riley-Gledhill, and excellent phrasing from our singer on such lines as ‘who would, would you’ with a proper pause for the comma.
Songs came in pairs between band numbers, and the next number had Lance in floods of tears, you’ve guessed, it was Summertime, (only joking) and the band played mellow summery sounds, with lightly touched cymbals. Almost Like Being In Love sang Ruth, and more snatches of tenor solo.
When our vocalist entered in the second set, we saw that she’d done something clever to the outfit. She was now wearing a black lacy overdress with the original outfit. A lively version of the Sinatra favourite, Our Love Is Here To Stay, followed by Makin Whoopee, which is really a short story in song form, and Ruth showing skilled use of the microphone to get the best sound, which I’ve noticed with this singer in all her performances.  At Last (my love has come along); then Someone To Watch Over Me, complete with the long verse section, well sung. It was all stops out for Ruth and the band on the finale/encore, Alright, OK, You Win, with the audience clapping in rhythm, and Ruth and Mr Morgan singing call and response. Good honest Gasbook songs, all very enjoyable.
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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