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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Debra Milne - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Paul Skerritt Band @ Ashington Jazz Club August 6

Paul Skerritt (Vocals), James Harrison Keyboard), Anthony Ord (Bass), Tom Chapman (Drums).
(Review by Peter S.)
The August meeting at the AJC attracted our best audience of the year with the appearance of the Paul Skerritt Band. This was a first time for the Club witnessing an up-front male vocalist singing throughout the evening. Dave Hedley of the River City Jazzmen may have come close to this in the past and occasionally male instrumentalists in other bands vocalized but at this session the voice led from the front.
It was an amazing tribute to the music and swinging era of Frank Sinatra and the lyrical phrase "If you can make it there you can make it anywhere" sums up our view of these remarkable young musicians. They offered a cocktail of favourites presented superbly to a captivated audience. The youthful energy and enthusiasm for the music shone through each joyful performance - a delight for all and for me an uplifting experience as a Sinatra fan. It is encouraging for those of our age to know that our music with its wonderful lyrics can inspire the young of today which they present so skilfully and interpret with so much vigour.
These boys certainly made it in Ashington and we look forward to their return in the new year. They deserve your recognition.
PROGRAMME - I've Got You Under My Skin; Witchcraft;  Cry Me a River; My Funny Valentine, Come Fly With Me; Mr. Saturday Dance (AKA Don’t Get Around Much Any More!); Let There be Love; Georgia on my Mind; The Gentleman is a Tramp; I Want to be Like You; Street Life; I Left my Heart in San Francisco; Satin Doll; Almost Like Being in Love; Orange Coloured Sky; Sway; Secret Love; Play That Funky Music White Boy;  Mack the Knife.
As you can see they also included in their repertoire a variety of other songs related to Nat, Dino, Randy Crawford and more.
I cannot ignore the dexterity and imaginative improvisation of James Harrison on the Roland Keyboard. 
Next Meeting ......Wednesday, September 3 ......Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz at 8.00p.m. at the Elephant.
See you there.
Peter S.                     

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

What a great selection of ace songs - timeless classics and some fab modern numbers - Play That Funky Music White Boy sung live in Ashington! I wish I could have been there ......

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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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