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John Pizzarelli: “The thing I’m learning at this point is, if you have the best guys, you don’t have to do too much” – (Down Beat September 2017)

Adam Rogers: “When I plug a Strat into a Marshall that’s cranked, it’s just like…oh, man!” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

RIP Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau died on Sunday, February 12, aged 76. One of the most innovative of singers, boundaries meant nothing to him as proved by his unique achievement of winning Grammys in 3 different categories - Jazz, Pop and R & B.
I never managed to catch him live, however, I do have the 5 CD set: Al Jarreau - Original Album Series. The equivalent of 5 LPs - We Got By; Glow; All Fly Home; This Time and Breakin' Away. All classics that will be on my turntable tonight.
Did Al Jarreau ever play Newcastle. If he did then I have no excuses for not seeing a legend who, ironically, announced his retirement from touring only a few days ago.
Sadly missed.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I know several people who saw him in Manchester in the early eighties, though most were more interested Dave Sanborn supporting.
    I was a bit of a Jazz snob at the time, haven turned my back on Jazz funk which was kind of his audience at that time.
    Also I'm not big on Jazz singers in general but he was a fantastic singer.
    In amongst your OAC set you should slip in the version of Little Sunflower off the Love Connection album.

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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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