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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Friday, February 12, 2010

An Excellent Show But... Sinatra Live @ The Sands (Actually the Grand Opera House York.).

This show had the potentially winning formula of the best of lyrics, beautifully interpreted through great familiar arrangements, and a smooth swinging band with powerful brass and a stand out rhythm section.
There was no doubting Stephen Triffitt's laid back relaxed style, working the stage with confidence and that rare knack of making every listening woman think the love words were meant for her alone, as did Sinatra!
The first half, he explained was he, Stephen, singing in his style some great numbers, and great they were.. Summer Wind, Night & Day, Please Be Kind & many more including that lovely Victor Young number Street of Dreams.
So far so good.
The second half, however, as the title of the show indicated it would be, was a mock up of The Sands, which simply meant everyone had changed into Dinner Jackets and he, Stephen, cracked a good few asides, Sinatra style.
WHY? we weren't in Las Vegas, we were in York for God's sake! and didn't need that bit of fantasy, perhaps it was to provide variation and justify the show's title. My biggest gripe was the silence between numbers, apart from generous applause, no audience reaction, and none sought. It was fine whilst he was singing and the band were playing but what was needed was an intimate night club atmosphere where there were no footlights between audience and performer. But, oh dear, in a cool theatre - a Grand Opera House no less - with many empty seats we did need to be wooed for that gap to be bridged. I got the impression that he didn't actually need an audience, he had his band and talent...end of !
The odd way of leader Nigel Hailwood in introducing each member of the band individually by name right at the very end meant 17 bursts of applause...but what of their pedigree?
The 2 guys I spoke to afterward had been with Syd Lawrence for years, we needed to know that.
Most of all, in a band with so much talent, some solos downstage would have been good too.
Am I being picky? well when you have seen the great band shows of the past you know what works!
It was still worth seeing and I hope Lance or one of his cohorts picks it up in South Shields.
Liz

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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