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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday September 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Whitley Bay Classic Car Show, The Links, Whitley Bay NE26 1QQ. 11:00am. Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival - various town centre venues, see preview. 12:30-10:15pm. Free.

Alice Grace & Pav Jedrzejewski - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU.Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Earl Grey Saxophones: At the Movies - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 2:00pm. £12.00. Featuring members of the Borders Big Band.

Hot Club du Nord - BAAFest 2019, Brownrigg Lodges, Bellingham NE48 2HR. Tel: 01434 220646 (ticket office). Afternoon tickets: £15.00. (adult), £7.50. (child 12-17), free (under 12s). 3:00pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Beefy La Slap Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Bruce Adams with Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £10.00. Blaydon Jazz Club’s 35th anniversary gig!

Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE$ 7AD. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CD Review: Sherri Roberts - Anybody's Spring

Sherri Roberts (vocal); David Udolf (piano); Harvie S (bass); Akira Tana (drums); Sheryl Bailey (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
The seasons have provided fertile material for songwriters, often to the point of overkill with: Winter Wonderland, Autumn Leaves and Summertime being typical examples of good songs that have been flogged to death unlike Winter in Madrid (Ann Richards w. Kenton), Autumn Serenade and The Things We Did Last Summer which are all worthy of more exposure.
Spring, however, is a different kettle of fish - possibly because there are more of them [songs] - but, since Shakespeare's It Was a Lover and His Lass, Spring, like love, has ever been in the air and the airs on this album are 12 of the best sung by a lady who moved from theatre to song when she recognized that exploring the rich emotional life of a character through story can be done far more economically in a four-minute song than a two-hour play; that a well-written song is like a drama in miniature, distilled to its musical essence; and that singing, like acting, offers the means to externalize the deeper, internal self. She walked away from theatre and onto the bandstand, and hasn’t looked back since.
And I'm rather glad about that!
Initially, I missed the boat on this one. It was scheduled for release in March just after the vernal equinox but maybe I, or the mailman, was hibernating and so I never got to hear it until now. The theme is Spring - now a distant memory - but, such is the choice of songs, that indeed It Might as Well (still) be Spring.
A delightful choice of songs: It's Anybody's Spring; Spring Sprang Sprung; They Say It's Spring; It Might as Well be Spring; Joy Spring; Double Rainbow; Now at Last; One Morning in May; Lady Bird; While We're Young; Spring Isn't Everything.
Roberts is a class act, I've noticed how singers with a theatrical background know how to project a lyric and Sherri does just that albeit not as the great diva, more the ingénue who steals the show. Chet Baker or Shirley Horn spring to mind.
A stellar supporting cast keeps the momentum flowing. Solos by Udolf and Bailey impress as does Harvie S along with Tana's brushwork on One Morning in May or One Mornin' in May as Roberts tells it. Bass and drums also boot Lady Bird along prior to solos from guitar, piano, voice and drums. 
Four bars of Robbins' Nest sung by Roberts sees the track safely home.
I'm always saying that there are too many female singers rolling off the conveyor belts but, when they're of this calibre all I can say is, 'Keep them conveyor belts rolling'.
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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Lance