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Bebop Spoken There

Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).


Today Wednesday November 13



Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.


George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


A leading light on the north east jazz scene for the past seven years, anyone who’s ever experienced Ruth Lambert live knows she gives a captivating performance whether singing with the South Shields CustomsHouse Big Band or fronting a more intimate trio. Blessed with a unique voice and an instinctive feel for jazz, Ruth’s extraordinary vocal flair and technical skill come into their own through her charismatic delivery and fresh interpretation of the classics, which has seen her build up a reputation among her contemporaries as ‘the musician’s singer.’ And this month is the ideal time to see Ruth live, as she gives a sneak preview of her highly-anticipated second album Easy Street ahead of its national launch later in the year. Ruth will be performing a one-off exclusive gig at the Saville Exchange in North Shields with her sextet, which features local jazz luminaries including Paul Edis on piano, Mark Williams on guitar, Andy Champion on double bass, Tim Johnston on drums, Graeme Wilson on saxophone and Graham Hardy on trumpet. Picking up where her 2006 debut "So Many Stars" left off, "Easy Street" continues Ruth’s love affair with jazz and features songs from the Great American Songbook as well as self-penned tunes. Released on the Jazz Action label at the end of October, the album features arrangements by the internationally acclaimed composer John Warren. Tickets for the album launch on October 23 cost £6/£5 and are available from the Saville Exchange on 0191 643 7093. Copies of "Easy Street" will be available on the night but, if you can’t make it, visit or her MySpace site to listen to samples and order your copy. About Ruth: A professional singer since the age of 18, Ruth studied music at theUniversity of Strathclyde where she received a First Class Honoursdegree, picking up the prestigious Alexander Stone Scholarship for Excellence in Solo Performance along the way. She was vocalist with the University Big Band, whose alumni include some of the UK’s biggest jazznames. Returning to the north east Ruth began carving out a niche for herself as one of the region’s most sought after and accomplished jazz singers, performing at prestigious venues including The Sage Gateshead, South Shields Customs House, Durham’s Gala Millenium Theatre, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and a number of international jazz festivals across the UK, including Glasgow, Gateshead and the Isle of Bute. Ruth is also in demand as a vocal tutor and is the voice coach on the Bachelor of Music degree course at Newcastle College. She cites her main influences as Julie London, Anita O’Day, Carmen McRae and Chet Baker. For media enquiries contact Anna Richardson on 07727 139 078 or


Angela J Elliott said...

Can you mend the link so that it goes to her website? Also, I can't get the tracks to play once there. Nothing to click on. Maybe you could tell her? thanks

Lance said...

Hi Angela. Link fixed. Will pass on info re tracks.
Use the MySpace link to listen to tracks it works.
Sorry about the inconvenience but Ruth's engineers are working through the night to fix it.

Ruth said...

Hi Angela, are you using firefox as your browser? According to the guy who designed the site, if you are then you need to update to the newest version for the sound clips to work. I hope this fixes things, if it doesn't please let me know.

Lance said...

Hi Angela, I find if you click on "Music" button on Ruth's toolbar it works okay.

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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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