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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.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jason Isaacs & The Ambassadors of Swing @ Hoochie Coochie. August 16

(Review by Lance).
They were queueing, awaiting the 4pm doors, The air was filled with Estée Lauder. The killer heels and the wedges again well in evidence.
The guys (we were outnumbered) wore slick suits, with waistcoats and slimline ties - at least I did - the cocktails and the amber fluids were flowing. There was an air of anticipation.
Jason deals from the top and the bottom of the deck. The cards are the same but they are so skilfully reshuffled you'd never believe it!
We, the audience, don't care - why should we? When there's a guy like Jason bringing swing to a younger (ish) audience what's to complain about?
The man has so much energy that each and every song seems to have been written for him even though Frank, Dean, Bublé, Elvis and a few others got there first! As a plus, none of the latter group blew saxophone either!
Talking saxes, we had a couple of burn-ups yesterday at the SSBB gig and today, Jason, Lewis Watson and Mick Donnelly went toe to toe on You're Indestructable. Jason graciously admitted defeat - maybe Lewis and Mick settled it in the alley. 
But this was about singing and putting on a show and few can do it better than Jason.
He swings, He captures the audience. They join   in, they singalong, click their fingers, clap their hands, stomp their feet and they dance. 
Like all the great entertainers - He connects!
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Needless to say the 8 Ambassadors blew their socks off in support!
Jason Isaacs (vcl/ten); Darren Irwin, Mark Webb (tpt); Dave Brock (tmb); Mick Donnelly (alt/fl); Lewis Watson (ten/fl); Stu Collingwood (keys); Stuart Davies (bs gtr); Simon Ferry (dms).

1 comment :

Liz said...

Seems as though I am destined never to see this talented performer! His show in York was cancelled last year, and this year ( yesterday) I had planned to travel to Newcastle but, due to other commitments was unable to do so. Still I can enjoy it vicariously through our Webmaster's excellent review!

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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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