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Benny Golson: "Art is a lifetime commitment." - (DownBeat August 2018.)

George Wein: "The musicians backstage at the Newport Festival said she [Marian McPartland] is more advanced in her harmonic structure than all the other piano players put together." - (DownBeat August 2018.)

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Lance

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Today Sunday July 22

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Music by the Sea Jamboree - Jackson's Wharf, The Highlight, Hartlepool TS24 0XN. 4pm. Free. Hosted by the Mick Donnelly Academy of Music.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Auld Man’s Baccy - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Doggone Daddies - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. 3:00pm. New weekly jam session.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Zöe Gilby Trio - Blackett St., Newcastle NE1 7BS. 3 x 30 min. sets (11:30am/1:45pm/4:30pm). Free.

Jazz - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG inc Rendezvous Jazz (11:00am); Riviera Quartet (2pm).

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Full Americana program.

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Evening

Lickety Split - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Left Hand Lewis - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

CD Review: Daryl Sherman - Lost in a Crowded Place

Daryl Sherman (piano/vocal); Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet); Don Vappie (guitar, banjo, vocal duet on You Go To My Head); Jesse Boyd (bass); Boots Malleson (bass on Rainbow Hill).
(Review by Lance).
Readers may be forgiven for thinking this is Daryl Sherman Week on BSH. Well, maybe it is!
This is a delightful album displaying Daryl's distinctive, often winsome, voice bringing to mind Shirley Horn and Blossom Dearie without actually sounding like either.
The absence of a drummer gives it an intimate feel, almost as if it was taking place in your living room. Kellso’s lyricism recalls Bobby Hackett which adds to the ambiance whilst bass and guitar blend in perfectly with the piano.
And the songs! What a selection:

The Land Of Just We Two: – Words and Music by D. Sherman – a late entry to the GASbook.
Stars Fell on Alabama: Complete with the rarely heard verse. Vappie’s guitar giving rich chordal accompaniment with Kellso adding sympathetic obligati on the middle eight before taking over for a chorus. Daryl takes it out.
At Sundown: Kellso, Vappie and Boyd are with our girl all the way. The guitar solo is in the Carl Kress, Dick McDonough tradition and the vocal will surely rank alongside the very best recordings of the song.
Lost in a Crowded Place: A woman panicking because her date is late. Lovely piano and, again, Kellso’s trumpet is outstanding and how about the line? – The phone is near I’ll put a dime in and tell him what a quandary I’m in. By Irving Caesar to a melody by Barbara Carroll.
Turkquoise: Lyric by Daryl, melody by Turk Mauro. Turk Mauro! I recall a tremendous session at the Bull’s Head in Barnes circa 1980. Turk was on baritone, Tommy Whittle on tenor with the Tony Lee Trio. After that, he [Turk] kind of vanished off my radar so it’s nice to hear a composition of his with the added bonus of my favourite singer. Vappie chips in with an acoustic solo to die for, Daryl on piano, then Kellso muted, bass solo, then wrapped up with a swinging vocal by Daryl with instrumental interjections from ‘the boys.’
You Go To My Head: A vocal duet by Daryl and Vappie who isn’t a bad singer either. Although done at ballad tempo it isn’t as maudlin as this song often is. It works well.
Azalea: An exotic Ducal opus. Bass opens and closes, Kellso and Daryl in the middle. Emotive vocal.
The Lorelei: The Gershwins came up with this gem - I want to bite my initials in a sailor’s neck. Daryl makes the words sound convincing. Great growl trumpet from Kellso, bluesy piano from D. Love it!
If We Never Meet Again: Written by Louis Armstrong with words by Horace Gerlach, this was a new one on me but done justice by Daryl and, naturally, some Kellso trumpet.
Everything But You: Music by Ellington, lyrics by Don George. A fun song even though it deals with a break-up! Dig the lyrics.
New Sun in the Sky: Vappie switches to banjo for this Schwartz/Dietz song from the film, The Bandwagon. Kellso brings Ruby Braff to mind with his spirited solo.
Rainbow Hill: By Billy VerPlanck, husband of singer Marlene VerPlanck both now sadly passed on. Daryl’s version is an emotional tribute to their memory.
An album of not overdone songs beautifully sung and played by Daryl and her ace musicians.
Lance

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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.)
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