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Today Friday November 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 04, 2009

A GIRL NAMED SUE - Charles Gordon & Friends @ The Black Horse, Boldon

Charles Gordon, Mike Oxnam (kbds), Ken Hewitt, Lance Liddle (ten), SUE DENT (vcl).
This was a belter! I'd heard of Sue Dent but never actually heard her. This girl is something else with a smoky sultry voice that makes your hackles rise on a ballad such as "Summertime" or "My Funny Valentine" then, just as you are wallowing in a dreamy sense of security, she delivers both barrels on some funky, down home blues. Praise the lord and pass the amunition brother this was Tina Turner meets Aretha meets B.B.King and then some. Behind Sue, and playing solid groove merchant material on 3 keyboards, Mike and Charles kept Sue in business by feeding her big fat chords as well some meaty solos. Both keyboard players used their voicings intelligently and avoided duplicating each other. At times Mike had a guitarlike fluency whilst Charles was full of soulful intensity. The only hiccup came when Charles' Korg Keyboard fell off the Yamaha piano it was resting on and landed with an expensive sounding klunk! on the floor. Hopefully the cure won't be too painful.
Ken Hewitt blew some powerful tenor choruses - he gets a great modern sound - and I chipped in with a few myself. In fact "Stormy Monday" had frantic solos all round as well as an even more frenetic vocal from Sue.
Earlier, Ken and I had worked out on "Black Orpheus" and "Canteloupe Island" - I felt good.
It's a nice intimate venue with stacks of atmosphere and the food, they tell me, is also superb.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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