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Bebop Spoken There

Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daniel John Martin avec Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche @ Jazz Café - March 14

Daniel John Martin (violin/vocal/whistling); Mick Shoulder, Giles Strong (guitars); Paul Susans (bass).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Mary B).
Couldn't put a name to the opener, it sounded vaguely like Anniversary Song but probably wasn't. Still, what's in a name? What was beyond dispute was that there was a treat in store.  No doubt about the next one - J'attendrai. I closed my eyes, was I really in a café on Pink Lane or was I in Montmartre? Although cafés are smoke-free these days I could almost sense the aroma of a Gauloise drifting by. Swing Manouche and Daniel John Martin are and always will be Parisians at heart. Hungaria had solos all round with the guest scatting unison lines as he played.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
My One and Only Love drew the anticipated romantic sighs and DanielJohn milked it. He even whistled a couple of choruses as he played pizzicato. Lulo Swing, by Lulo Reinhardt, swung and the set finished with Daniel John singing All of Me - it was unique, read that as you will!
In case you're thinking this is a one man show then you're wrong. Swing Manouche excelled both in support and solos. Mick Shoulder as adept on guitar as he is on double bass excelled whilst the less flamboyant but equally skilled Giles Strong also wore his Django hat well with Paul Susans as solid as the Eiffel Tower on a windy day.
Second set began with I'll See You in my Dreams followed by Djangology and Yardbird Suite. DanielJohn announced this latter number by saying "We're now going to play a Charlie Parker tune to prove that Bebop is Spoken Here!" Nice one!
And it was!
Swing 42 then Dark Eyes and an encore.
Chapeau!
The consensus was that this had been quite a gig and why wasn't the room sold out or was everyone going to Hexham on Wednesday, Durham on Thursday, or Darlington on Friday?
Lance.

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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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