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Davina Lozier: "So many people never settle into who they really are. They just do what they want to do because they want to be Oscar Peterson or Muddy Waters or Britney Spears. But I am what I am: a chubby, 40-year-old woman who's still doing it." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Monday November 11

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:40pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Soft Machine - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 7:30pm. £17.50.

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

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MO SCOTT GIG TAKE 2 – A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Well, Lindsay told us at the Sage jazz-singing class to listen to as many other singers as possible, so I took myself off to the Maggie Bank on Sunday for a lesson from Mo, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with drinks thrown in for good measure.
I loved Mo’s heartfelt version of God Bless the Child and her exciting Fever. Mo’s blues singing is superb as well, and I liked what she did with Hound Dog, much more interesting than the mundane Elvis version. Not quite sure I agree with Lance about Mo being a bit of a rock chick. She’s more interesting than that, but I know what he’s getting at. (Doesn’t pay to disagree with the blogmaster!)
I was advised to watch how she moved. New Jazz singers have been accused of fussy nervous movements onstage. Mo moves a lot but looks really cool whilst doing so. She constantly takes the mike from the stand and moves the stand around between songs. She uses wonderfully expressive hand movements to illustrate the lyrics, and reacts skilfully to the instrumental bits. She also introduces songs briefly with a minimum of fuss. Perhaps in 10 years time I’ll also look something like this on stage, perhaps...
During the break I asked Mo how she got started with her singing. She said simply ‘You sing the music that you love’. No-one could have expressed it better.
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.
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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