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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, January 13, 2014

Mo Scott Trio Splinter @ the Bridge, Newcastle January 12

Mo Scott (vcl); Stuart Collingwood (keys); Paul Smith (dms).
The upstairs jazz room was sparsely populated. Why? I don't know. There are few singers who can deliver like Mo and even fewer keymen who can turn on the Jimmy Smith like Stu. Throw a drummer such as Paul into the mix and you've got the recipe. Seems like folks were dining in tonight. Even so, having said that, although the audience barely hit double figures it was still twice the number of folk in the bar downstairs! And this was on a match day when normally you're tripping over black and white scarves. Admittedly they had lost but what happened to drowning your sorrows?
I digress. The music!
Mo was as brilliant as she always is delivering an epicurean menu of standards and blues although it has to be said that even if Mo was singing  The Bell Song from the opera Lakme it would still come out as a blues. Likewise, I wonder if Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II would dream that their song Lover Come Back to Me from the 1928 operetta New Moon would be being sung as a neo blues in a pub in Newcastle 86 years later! But, those guys didn't know about Mo who knew about them and gave their song the works. They may have turned in their graves but I bet they were smiling.
Yes, a cracking set with Stuart setting down the gauntlet. You want organ? You got it! His version of I'm Beginning to See The Light was stupendous and made full use of the lovely chord progression that tune gives you to work on.
Paul Smith?
The business!
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.
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