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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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Steinway Festival @ Pizza Express, Dean St., Soho. March 21.

Jason Rebello & Dave Newton - Gabor Cseke & James Nagy - Alex Wilson & Cesar Correa +  Will Fry (perc.); Elpidio Caicado (bs). (Piano duos).
(Review by Lance.)
With Dave Newton and Jason Rebello opening the batting we knew this was going to be a mighty fine way to treat a couple of Steinways! Dreamy and reflective they meandered down Green Dolphin Street building it up then gently letting it down. This was no cutting contest but a respectful mutual admiration society as they bounced phrases off each other. Katie's Song, written by Newton for his daughter, is a gorgeous theme that exudes the love that surely inspired it.
Herbie Hancock's little known Just No Use had a long, introspective intro by Rebello but it was Hello Blackbird - think about the title - that brought the house down At times, I swear, they were playing twenty note chords which makes for a big fat blackbird!
A short break and a chance to chat to Sue and John on my adjoining table as well as downing a Peroni and finishing my Margherita pizza before the next duo.
After my pizza I wasn't hungry but the guys on stage were - from Hungary.
Gabor Cseke and James Nagy didn't let the temperature fall with a program that verged, at times, on the classical but with lots of modern harmonies, blues phrasing and even bebop lines on a piece by Liszt! 
Sue and John were waxing eloquently about Alex Wilson and justifiably so! In tandem with Peruvian Cesar Correa plus bass and percussion they gave Besame Mucho a workout the like of which I'm sure it had never known before. Kiss me again, besame mucho is how the song goes - believe you me they did a lot more than kiss - they made mad passionate love to the beautiful instruments!
This was Latin piano taken to the limit! and this was a Pier 6 brawl with both pianists going for the jugular helped along by the magnificent rhythms of the percussionist and the bass guitarist - Will Fry and Senor Elpidio Caicado.
When Wilson made reference to his sax-playing best mate who toured the world with Stevie Winwood I knew who he was talking about - Paul Booth. Later, talking to Alex, it turns out Paul was Alex's best man! - Small world.
Lance.
PS: Don't bring your kids with you - they'll want a Steinway for Xmas and Santa will never get it down the chimney. Come to think about it, how did they get two of the thoroughbreds down into the Pizza Express basement? Down the old side entrance staircase I guess.

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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.)
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