Bebop Spoken There
Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).
Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)
Today Sunday February 26.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Don Bagley was 85.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
(Review by Lance)
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
(Review by Lance).
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Catch 'em young is the motto here - Who knows there maybe a future Pizza Express Star here - either on stage or in the kitchen!
(Review by Ann Alex.)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Splinter at the Bridge’s season-ending all day festival enticed a good number of folk, some were in it for the long haul - from noon ‘til late - and one keen jazzer made the journey from the west coast (Cumbria not California). The Lindsay Hannon Plus got things under way with a set of tunes drawn from the standard repertoire and beyond including Anais Mitchell’s Old Fashioned Hat and Billy Joel’s Where’s the Orchestra? Hannon’s sensitive interpretation of a lyric and her self-penned lyrics to Joshua Redman’s Wish held the attention. The band - Alan Law (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Mark Robertson (drums) - went for a lazy saloon bar take on So long, Big Time as Hannon closed a good opening set.
Monday, July 23, 2012
(Review by Ann Alex).
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The accompanying group were absolutely right on the money and the girls themselves had some instrumental moments with Marcello playing accordion, Kate, glockenspiel and melodica and Stephanie, flute.
Friday, July 20, 2012
(Review by Lance)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.
-- by "William Shakespeare"
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
PS: Daryl Sherman is at the Green Man, Norwich tomorrow (July 17) and at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday (July 20/21).
Sunday, July 15, 2012
(Review by Lance).
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Jazz North East.
Updated info on show.
Friday, July 13, 2012
There is a small charge of just under £3 for any donation big or small. Clark's money for care runs out in September so time is of the essence.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
(Review by Lance.)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 09, 2012
Described as an unconventional salute to Ellington it is certainly that! Nevertheless, it isn't an album to dismiss out of hand irrespective of whether you're in the "Duke who?" camp or the "Was he a DJ who had a cat called Tiddles?" care home.
(Review by Lance)
If you have any questions about Jazz in Prague let me know and I'll forward them on.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Of course we also wish Andy Murray - a tennis player - well in the hope that we may finally see him smile.
The Golden Highway is a brilliant example of this 'multi-tasking' with splash of grand opera intermingled with latin/motown/jazz and funk plus a few more. Click on the link to learn and hear more.
Oh yes then there's a terrific lyric by Colin Sell:
Chapeaux Colin Sell! and thank you Andrea Picton for bringing this to my attention on Facebook.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Our Guest group for this evening attracted a very good audience of enthusiastic members and new faces. With the musicians warming up like athletes before the concert it was obvious that we were about to experience a superb evening.
The idea was to nip over on the Shields' Ferry to catch Rendezvous Jazz, grab a beer and return - my thirst quenched, my musical taste buds sated. However, suddenly, things did, like the best laid schemes of mice and men, gan awry.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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About this blog - contact details.
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.)