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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Love Is Here To Stay

In collaboration with http://www.priceminister.co.uk/nav/Music_Vinyl/f2/Jazz - Bebop Spoken Here is in Valentine's Day mood.
priceMinister have invited bloggers to post their 3 favourite jazzy romantic songs - in their words "The ones that float your boat."
We would like to find out what songs make music bloggers weak at the knees in 2011 by telling us your 3 favourite jazzy love tunes (any style or period as long as they do the trick for you).
I'm going to get things going with my 3.
I Only Have Eyes For You - Tomorrow, the north-east's Jazz Royalty, Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion, tie the knot so it is fitting that I choose a song from her repertoire. It's a good one anyway but this makes it special. Best wishes to the happy couple. The Way You Look Tonight - Irving Berlin's line -...Keep that breathless charm... is just so perfect and so descriptive..
I Fall in Love Too Easily - whether sung by Frank or Chet you feel it is coming from the heart - your heart!

I've done my bit - let's hear it from you romantics out there.

Lance.

Sarah Ellen Hughes links

Sentimental Reasons.

Touch of your Lips.

A Time For Love.

23 comments :

Liz said...

My one & only love
My romance
It could happen to you

and about a million others!!
Liz

Ann Alexander said...

My vote goes for' You're The Top'

'You'd be so Nice to come Home To'
and
'I Get a Kick out of You'

All Cole Porter songs. His lyrics are wonderfully creative
Ann Alex

Russell said...

Another Cole Porter tune - 'What Is This Thing Called Love?' or should that be 'What? Is This Thing Called Love?'

Russell

Olive R said...

My Romance,
This time The Dream's On Me always brings a tear to my eye whether I'm listening to it or singing.
That's All.
Olive R

Sarah Ellen Hughes said...

Now, 3 romantic jazzy songs... I love you (for sentimental reasons) recorded by Kurt Elling on Live in Chicago, and there's a live clip on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfviUUEGBEY. What I particularly like about his interpretation is that instead of singing "I love you," he sings "I love you." Excellent!


The Touch of your Lips recorded by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans on their 1975 album. As it goes through Bill's key-changes it feels happier and happier. I also love Tony's interpretation of the melody when it goes into swing. It's on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuDx1hwKuXA

A Time For Love recorded by Shirley Horn. She is untouchable as a ballad singer. I love how torturously slow this song is, and the spaces in her phrasing. It's magic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSL5AHhpi6U

Jill said...

Jill said.
I only have eyes for you
That old devil called love
Moonlight in Vermont

Daryl Sherman said...

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
(you don't have to be British or passionate about aviary life to feel all mushy inside when hearing this song...it's one of my most requested)

More Than You Know
("loving you the way that I do..there's nothing I can do about it")

Come Rain Or Come Shine
(nice to think that love can be unconditional)

Kerry Hodgkin said...

1. The title track of Ian Shaw's album Somewhere Towards Love (written by Ian).
2. Liane Carroll's version of Picture in a Frame by Tom Waits.
3. Would it be awfully pushy of me to suggest my own version of Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison on my album Table in the Corner?

Brenda Sokell said...

let me think.... 'I'm Glad There is You' Two Sleepy People, Moon River (Tim loves the last one)

Debra M said...

My current favourites are Close Your Eyes, You Go To My Head & My Funny Valentine....

Anonymous said...

I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket. Especially the version on 'Ella & Louis Again'with a rhythm section of Oscar Peterson, Louis Bellson, Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. An object example of how to swing.

Lindsay H said...

14th February-Billy Bragg
Guess who I saw today?-Carmen Mcrae version
Romeo & Juliet-Dire Straits
Awwww..getting all emotional just thinking about it..

Germaine said...

Sorry Lance but just too many good songs. And I've cut out all the unrequited love etc and stuck with two people in love.
I am very aware that the choice is that of an OAP centred on the Great American songbook; I haven't touched Stevie Wonder or show tunes. If you are looking for lyrics about loving (rather than being in love,) for me it's Stephen Sondheim. Try,for instance 'You must meet my wife.'or 'Remember '- just wonderful but not jazz.

I think it's the first 3 but it could equally well be any of the others, were I a little younger.

Folks who live on the hill.
There's a small Hotel.
Our Romance


Night and Day
Just you just me.
Day by Day
In a sentimental mood.
I didn't know what time it was.
The very thought of you.
Nearness of you.
Lullaby of Birdland
You go to my head.
Making whoopee.
IT could happen to you.

Liz said...

Love reading all these choices, I think we girls are reading from the same hymn sheet! Germaine I too Am a Stephen Sondheim fan, big time, I almost chose Losing my mind
Liz

Elsie said...

Ella and Louis: The Nearness of You.

Too many others to post, but this is the best.

Hil said...

My favourite male vocalist Tony Bennett has got to be one of my top 3. I think for the beautifully romantic lyrics, his version of "La vie en Rose" with K.D. Lang takes some beating.
"The Look of Love" by Diana Krall.
Then last but not least my favourite female vocalist (bar 1!) Carmen McRae singing "What are you doing the rest of your life"
This song was played as the beautiful bride at Thursday's wedding walked towards the man she loves.
Hil.

Verona Chard said...

Easy To Love by Cole Porter - from the album 'CHARLIE PARKER WITH STRINGS' - 1950
Personnel: Charlie Parker (alto sax), Joseph Singer (french horn), Edwin C. Brown (oboe), Sam Kaplan, Howard Kay, Harry Melnikoff, Sam Rand, Ziggy Smirnoff (violin), Isadore Zir (viola), Maurice Brown (cello), Verley Mills (harp), Bernie Leighton (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Buddy Rich (drums), Joe Lippman (arrange, conductor)
Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing with lyrics by George David Weiss and recorded by Sarah Vaughn in December, 1954, for Mercury with trumpeter Clifford Brown.
(as a tribute to Robert Eberall a fan of mine who suported a lot of my gigs and who died on 2 Jan 2011).
Early Bird Tango by Charlotte Glasson - from the album charlotte's world wide web - 2010 (this was the song Andrew and I danced to at our wedding last Sept 5 2010 with the Charlotte Glasson Band playing live)

Judith said...

Star Eyes was the tune that jumped into my head when Lance mentioned this.
At Last by Etta James is another.
I was going to go for Satin Doll - lyric Johnny Mercer - but I heard Monk's Well You Needn't by Fiona at the Jazz Café I decided on that although I'm not sure if it is exactly Valentiney!

gene said...

" I LOVE YOU, for several dirty reasons "
[ sorry ]aseniz

SR said...

"I'll Only Miss Him When I Think Of Him"
- sung with incredible feeling by Carol Kidd. Sigh...

Terry Blaine said...

East of the Sun, Our Love is Here to Stay, Embraceable You.... truly off the top!

Ray Carless said...

Lonnies Lament - Coltrane ballad that is probably my all-time favourite -, Beautiful Love and Lover Man.

Anonymous said...

well I'm nipping in with "I'll never smile again" as a tribute to Sir George Shearing
Liz