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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Village Hall Gang - Springwell Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:220pm. £3.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Paul James Band w. Laura Adam 'Sisters of Swing' - Sage Gateshead December 1.

(Review by Lance).
A celebration of the GASbook as performed by divas past [mostly] and present delivered in true show biz fashion by the exquisitely gowned Laura Adams and the immaculately tailored  Paul James Band.
The Divas were Ella, Sassy, Peggy, Julie, Nina, Natalie, Dinah W, Etta, Diane (Reeves) and Judy - apologies ladies if I've missed anyone out. 
Wisely, although using arrangements adapted from the originals, Adams didn't attempt note for note cloning but, instead, did it 'her way'. 
This was a two-edged sword. At Last wasn't quite the showstopper it should have been to close the first set whilst Over the Rainbow that concluded the second set most certainly was - even Judy Garland would have been pushed to match this rendition.
The band was solid behind her with piano and guitar impressing and leader James keeping it all together. The horns provided the section work that, at times, sounded like there was twice their number. Solos were few but effective.
There were guests - Pete Brown scored as Sinatra and, like Adams, had a few seasonal moments. The game lifted when Carlos Rivera joined in on congas. You know the feeling, a sub comes off the bench and turns the game around. He also did the rumba (or was it a mambo or a cha cha cha?) with Ms Adams. Great stuff but, when Laura sat at the keyboard and sang and played How Deep is the Ocean (dedicated to her mum and sister Debbie) there wasn't a dry eye in the 3 tier-full house.  
A predictable, but very enjoyable, evening.
Lance.
Laura Adams (vocal/piano); Paul James (elec. bass/bass guitar); Gary Cowie (piano); Phil Hudson (guitar); Dave Lourie (drums); Gordon Marshall (trumpet/flugel); David Gray (trombone); Steve Summers (alto/soprano/flute); Graham Brown (tenor/keys) + Pete Brown (vocal); Carlos Rivera (congas).

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    1. You'd have loved it! Keep an eye out for them if they ever do a gig in York.

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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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