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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, June 05, 2015

CD Review: Juliet Kelly - Spellbound Stories

Juliet Kelly (vocals); Nick Ramm (piano/keyboards); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Eddie Hick (drums);
Manjeet Singh Rasiya (tabla on track 9)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This CD, Ms Kelly’s fourth, is made up of original songs based on novels.  I approached it with some trepidation as I believe that genre mixing doesn’t always work, but I needn’t have worried as Ms Kelly has come up with a truly enjoyable and interesting (in the best sense) work.  She certainly knows how to write effective lyrics, memorable, meaningful, with lots of good ‘hooks’.  
All the tracks are her own songs except for Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights, which is a wonderfully simple arrangement sung with keyboard accompaniment.  Songs are based on novels such as Alice Walker’s ‘The Color Purple’ (Forbidden Fruit); C S Lewis’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Magic and Mystery); and Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ (Ghosts). The novels chosen all contain elements of magic and the supernatural. Ms Kelly’s voice is a pleasing alto and the arrangements are quirky, lilting and rhythmical by turns, played by skilful musicians, with good use of keyboard tones, and double tracking of the voice and choral effects on some tracks.
 I especially liked Little Things with its Latin rhythm and light ‘clicky’ drums, and Ghosts, sung to an ooh sound, with bass and piano solos.  In fact I’d venture to say that any of these tracks could become jazz standards if they were played often enough.  You can hear these songs if you go to the launch at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London on June 18, but you needn’t go so far away, as the band are appearing at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on September 19.
Spellbound Stories is released on June 22 on Purple Stiletto Records.
Full details of the novels are on www.julietkelly.com
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.
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