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

Monday, July 25, 2011

Zoe Gilby Quartet @ The Cherry Tree, Restaurant, Jesmond.

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Richard Brown (dms).
Ham Hock Terrine, Crisp Hen's Egg, Dandelion Leaf and Warm Toast washed down with Antonio Carlos Jobim's Waters of March made for one glorious starter.
The Chef at the Cherry Tree has the qualities that Leiber and Stoller extolled in Zoe's next number - Some Cats Know.
This guy certainly knows how to put together a Butter Roast Corn Fed Chicken, Silver Chard and Roasting Juices main course and Zoe knows how to serve up a ballad like Time After Time.
Our girl, forsaking her diva dresses for a modest mini, told the story (in song) of a London pub - The Midnight Bell. Based on one of Patrick Hamilton's stories from his trilogy Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, it's a Zoe original that captures the despondent and depressive mood of the book perfectly.
The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines - was there ever a more enigmatic song title?
A Weaver of Dreams, I'm Always Drunk in San Fransisco, I Only Have Eyes For You were all done in Zoe's unique style whilst the Vanilla Panna Cotta, English Raspberries and Raspberry Shortbread were equally scrumptious.
Messrs. Champion and Williams left their ACV hats at The Bridge and played some tasty solos.
Mark's blast on Caravan kept wagon wheels turning whilst those who hadn't previously heard 21 (?) year old drummer Richard Brown were sent into orbit.
Centrepiece, followed by That Old Black Magic brought things to a close. In the former, Zoe and Mark traded off each other whilst Andy did a bit of 'sawing' in the latter.
An evening of good food and good music.
Lance.

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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