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Bebop Spoken There

Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

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

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

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

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - February 21

Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Michael Lamb (trumpet); Vince Webb (piano); Alex Moniakis (guitar); Paul Gowland (soprano).
(Review by Lance).
Possibly because it was half-term, there were fewer jammers than usual this week. However, although lacking in quantity, there was no shortage of quality which meant that those who did play had more opportunity to shine rather than the normal wham bam thank you, ma'am, next please situation that inevitably occurs.
Thus, after a few numbers, the trio were joined by Michael Lamb who, no doubt inspired by Saturday's big band session with Bruce Adams, was on fire. I Love You; Long Ago and Far Away and September in the Rain were right on the money. Vince Webb, last here on that memorable evening when Eric Burdon's backing band turned up,  sat in on piano for Days of Wine and Roses and Tadd Dameron's Ladybird. Impressive!
Good to see Paul Gowland back in action, testing the water on soprano alongside a first-timer, Greek guitarist, Alex Moniakis. Moniakis, a student of Mick Wright and yet another fine guitarist slotted in nicely for Just Friends. Vince returned and Russ displayed dexterity a-plenty in his drum solo.
Gowland can play a ballad as good as anyone and Darn That Dream was no exception. Likewise young Vince.
Lamb returned for Billie's Bounce and Secret Love after which I reluctantly left for the legendary number 27 bus.
One of those evenings where less was more!
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Special mention of Russ and Paul [Grainger] who played without respite.

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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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