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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 Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Zoe Gilby and Mark Williams : Jazz Cafe: Saturday August 2

Zoe Gilby (voice); Mark Williams (guitar).
(Review by Ann).
This was billed in the Jazz Café leaflet as a different take on the Great American Songbook and it more than lived up to its description from the very first song, Don’t Get Around Much Any More right through to the last, a stomping blues, with a special appearance by Pete Gilligan on the house piano .In between we were treated to standards played as skilfully and entertainingly as we've come to expect from this hugely talented duo.

The songs flowed, the slow ballad, Good Morning Heartache; What Is This Thing Called Love, (as explained by Zoe, a spritely version with scat and a neat fast solo from Mark); God Bless The Child ( Zoe discussed what this song could actually mean, other answers on a postcard please).  There were songs less familiar, to me at any rate, Porter’s I Love You; and also It Never Entered My MindThat Old Black Magic was a gem, starting unaccompanied, then came some racy guitar playing - an upper tune and a bassline both at once, then sharp staccato jabs.
 The second half opened with a heartfelt Love For Sale, followed by Angel Eyes; Do It Again; Autumn Serenade; Black Coffee with a slinky solo.  Then came one of my favourites of the night, Secret Love, done firstly in the style of Doris Day, then a la Carmen McRae, the latter version showing imaginative humour, making me wish I’d seen McRae for myself.
Plenty of chances for Mark to strut his soloing skills and Zoe to do her very varied scat and, as I said, all rounded off with Pete, giving us a short sample of the sound of a speakeasy.  Great stuff.
Go to the Jazz Cafe to hear Zoe in 2 weeks time, on Friday August 15 for more Gasbook and original songs as well.
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.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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