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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

CD Review: Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can


Kai Hoffman (vocals and French horn); Gunther Kurmayr (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (double bass); Sebastiaan de Krom (drums); also Gavin Broom (trumpet) and Derek Nash (saxophone) on track 4
(Review by Ann Alex).
This CD is a thoroughly enjoyable, lively, sassy, whirlwind of songs sung and played well, songs with an assertive feel, just in time for International Woman’s Day although the timing is a coincidence so far as I can tell.  Kai Hoffman, a resident singer at Ronnie Scott’s, is hailed on the festival circuit, and rumour has it that she also looks good in Retro clothing! (so our editor tells me).
The album opens in fine style with Fran Landesman’s rather naughty Some Boys,, listing almost  everything a woman needs to know about men, and continues with soft cymbals and insistent beats on History Repeating; on Pure Imagination the drums play a little tune (bongos?) and the mood is  more reflective.  Then comes the title track with the main message, to live for the moment and enjoy yourself.  Quote ‘ sometimes you got to act before you really understand’. I’ve Never Met A Guy Who’s Perfect provides this very amusing line ‘I’m sick of silver foxes, who don’t tick the boxes’.  Jazz standards included are Make Someone Happy, a very zippy Sweet Georgia Brown and What a Little Moonlight Can Do.   I was surprised by the final track The Masquerade Is Over, a sad song about the end of a love affair, after all the optimism of the other tracks, but perhaps it was intended to drive home the message of doing it while you can.  The musicians certainly did it while they could with aplomb and solos on most tracks.      
If this CD is anything to go by, the album launch gig and party at Ronnie Scott’s on Wednesday March 20 will be great fun.  For further details email launch@broadreachrecords.co.uk or visit http://www.kaihoffman.co.uk/ but you’re probably too late already!
Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can is now available on itunes or from Amazon.
Ann Alex  

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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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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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