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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Today Sunday February 25

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.

Evening

Just Friends - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

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

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, January 22, 2016

CD Review: Allison Au - Forest Groove.

Allison Au (alt); Todd Pentney (pno/keys/B3); John Maharaj (bs); Fabio Ragnelli (dms); Felicity Williams (vcl - 3 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
Apart from Oscar Peterson, I've never thought of Canada as anything other than a poor relation of the USA in jazz terms - a big brother in many other ways I hasten to add! However, back in 2014 I heard the Allison Au Quartet's first album The Sky Was Pale Blue Then Grey  and I was impressed. That impressiveness remains with this new album.

Canada has found a new jazz ambassador - I'm sure Oscar would  agree even though,or possibly because, she played a different instrument!
What is sure is that, irrespective of sexism - or should it be saxism? Allison indicates that the bar has been raised from that superb first album. 
Original compositions, drawn from a myriad of genres - Latin, ballad, swing, rock (ish) - the girl (there I've said it!) proves to be not only a superb jazz sax player but also a composer of considerable merit, Imagine hearing Paul Desmond today - inventive, exploratory, but not aiming for Planet X, just maybe Jupiter or Mars. You've got the picture.
Add the rhythm section and maybe Allison has Saturn within reach - next stop Uranus!
The band tour Canada during Feb/March with a couple of gigs down in LA and another cross border trip to Portland Oregon (Say hello to Becky Kilgore for me!)
Lance
Book me on a flight to Toronto!

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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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