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

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

Evening

Jazz

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.

Blues/Folk

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.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Zoe Gilby Splinter @ The Bridge - Take 2.

It's surely not a good idea to cross swords with the blogmaster but, as self-appointed Fashion Editor of BSH, I must protest at the photo of Zoe in his review. The photo does nothing to convey the mixture of glamour and confident friendliness that Zoe and the band projected. Other women singers I've seen usually don't chat much, but Zoe's tales of Travel Lodge adventures, at London, Ipswich etc. were interesting and amusing.
In the two years that I've been listening to jazz seriously, this gig was definitely one of the best. There was certainly No More Blues after the singing began and Zoe gave a 100% to the audience, with adventurous timings in the songs, and a voice with a massive range and wonderfully handled high notes. I especially liked the tender song of love for 7 year old Eleanor; the Tom Waits spiritual Way Down In The Hole (sung with just Andy on bass, how romantic to be able to do music with your fiancé); the heartfelt 'Round Midnight; and the fun of Some Cats Know. For this last number Zoe wisely stopped singing to let the band finish the number with cat-like calls and howls even though the 'cats' Zoe sang about weren't of the feline variety!
The band were great and Lance has covered that aspect of the gig so I've left that to him.
Meanwhile you can all relive the evening with the CD Looking Glass. Great stuff.
Ann Alex.
PS: More photos - this time some from Richard - a friend of Zoe and Andy.

2 comments :

Lance said...

My dear Ann, I'll have you know that the black and white photo you refer to was taken to re-create the mood of 'Round Midnight. Bleak, lonely and poignant. Full of broken dreams and stark realism.
However, to appease you, I have added a coloured picture to your otherwise excellent article.
Your P45's in the post.
Lance.

Russell said...

Hi Lance

Two things...1)What nonsence is this - 'Fashion Editor'? 2)I agree with the 'Fashion Editor' that the photograph doesn't do Zoe justice. That said, the poignancy of Round Midnight does explain the rather stark black and white image except that your review failed to set in context the dedication of the tune to Paul Gamblin. Well, Ann, I guess I can expect my P45 is the post.

Russell

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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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance