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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 03, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Alan Broadbent & Georgia Mancio Songbook Quartet @ Sage Gateshead - April 2

Georgia Mancio (vocal); Alan Broadbent (piano); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Dave Ohm (drums).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Russell).
When the festival program was announced I looked at this gig and said to myself, "Could be interesting" whilst noting that there was competition from the other two major halls.
Then I received a review copy of the Mancio/Broadbent  Songbook CD and the competition was blown away!
At a festival that began with a seemingly unbeatable performance by Clare Teal and continued with more vocal virtuosity from Natalie Williams (w. Ronnie Scott's All Stars) this wasn't just the icing on the cake - it was the cake with the bridesmaids, 27 sets of cutlery and a year's subscription to Good Housekeeping thrown in.
The voice, full of warmth and pitch perfect, tells of emotions both happy and sad. The piano, a living legend and maybe the finest thing ever to escape from the Antipodes, is the perfect foil, complementing and supplementing the magic that unfolds with scintillating solos and chordal complexities that mere mortals can only dream about.The 'bridesmaids' undoubtedly handpicked and absolutely perfect for the job in hand whilst the material...
...the material. Words, by Mancio, music by Broadbent, this was Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira, Berlin, Porter, Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields born again in a different century.
It didn't, it couldn't, get any better than this and, if Ronnie's hadn't been sold out tonight, I think I'd have been on the next train south.
But, don't despair, buy the CD to hear what you've missed. It's been on my car stereo for a month and the chances are it will still be there come Christmas - any Christmas!
Memorable.
Lance.

1 comment :

Georgia Mancio (on F/b) said...

Thanks so much Lance! Next time I'll keep my eyes open in the photo too!

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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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