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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).


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



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.



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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Ruth Lambert, Paul Gamblin and the Blaydon Jazz Trio at Blaydon Jazz Club

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Paul Gamblin (gtr), Andy Champion (bs), Jeremy McMurray (pno), Tim Johnston (dms).
Perhaps spurred on by the knowledge of Zoe's fine gig on Tuesday, our other charming chanter - Ruth - delivered her own tour de force tonight at Blaydon and it was well worth 'gannin' along the Scotswood Road' for.
Time After Time swung, How Long Has This Been Going On? cajoled, Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea showed what can be done with a Harold Arlen tune whilst How Insensitive was anything but! Ruth was in good voice tonight.
I particularly liked Stella By Starlight done at just the right tempo - Ruth (and Miles!) and the first set closer West Coast Blues swung as a Wes Montgomery tune ought to.
Interval saw raffle tickets sold and prizes won - not by me - acquaintances renewed before it was back to Beautiful Love and a How High The Moon that went close to answering that eternal question.
At this point my carriage, in the form of the number 10 bus, awaited and I reluctantly left.
Apart from Ruth alongside her, on guitar, Paul Gamblin excelled - Joe Pass-like at times - he played some scintillating solos. Jeremy too swung the keyboard every which way with Andy Champion, solid and dependable, Tim Johnston producing the swing and drive - a cohesive unit that came into its own on the instrumental version of Night and Day.
Sitting on the bus I had a superior smile on my face knowing that those around me hadn't had what I'd had - a night of magical music and only a 23 minute bus ride from Newcastle.


Roly said...

I don't usually comment on Blaydon gigs but I can't resist this one. All the players were on scintillating form and it was simply one of those lovely gigs when everything is just great.

Russell said...

Hi Lance

As Roly said - just great.


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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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