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Bebop Spoken There

Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Friday January 19

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00. Venuti/Lang.

Evening

Graeme Wilson Quartet - Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Incognito - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 7pm (doors). £50.

Memphis Crusaders - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing @ The Biscuit Room - May 9

Jason Isaacs (vcl/ten) w. Darren Irwin, Mark Webb (tpts); Don Fairley (tmb); Ray Dales (alt/fl); Lew Watson (ten); Stu Collingwood (pno); Keith Peberdy (bs gtr); Simon Ferry (dms) + Zita Frith (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
There's always a buzz of excitement in the room prior to a Jason Isaacs gig. The men - a minority group - have the cool clear eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth (as the night enfolds the eyes become less clear) and the ladies, coiffured and killer-heeled, add to the sense of 'occasion'.
And it is an occasion! An ace crooner and an 8 piece band that sounds like 16 men swinging - what's not to like?
This is the Rat Pack packaged in a cool dude suit (from a tailor on Pilgrim Street) with a dash of Elvis thrown in for good measure. Who cares that you've heard it all before? What counts is the verve and vitality of the delivery, the enthusiasm for his work that is conveyed to and picked up by the crowd who respond by filling the dance floor.
Jay boy also blows good tenor - with the calibre of guys in the band behind him he'd fall flat on his face if he didn't!
Then there was Zita Frith who is a top performer in her own right.
All combined to make this a memorable evening at The Sands - sorry, I mean the Biscuit Room - but if you'd been there you'd realise it was a natural mistake for me to make.
Lance.

3 comments :

Sharon (on F/b) said...

You can always rely on Lance to perfectly sum up a Jason Isaacs happening...

Debra Topping (on F/b) said...

Very well said! I have a black ankle to prove that there were mostly killer heels on the dancefloor ! Amazing entertainer!

Deborah Foster (on F/b) said...

Spot on! Review! Ouch I hope your ankle is ok Deborah Topping

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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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