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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

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Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!

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

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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

CD Review: Richard Shulman Group - Turned Into Lemonade.

Richard Shulman (piano); Jacob Rodriguez (tenor/soprano); Zack Page (bass); Rick Dilling (drums); Wendy Jones (vocal - 3 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
What a delightful album! Not pushing any boundaries but so easy to listen to and I don't mean that condescending genre - Easy Listening - under which label some of those record stores still standing hide their jazz content. Call it Chamber Jazz if you will, whatever, it serves as an example that jazz in 2018 doesn't have to be all guts and gore.
Rodriguez is fluid and agile on soprano sax producing an almost clarinet-like sound that relates easily to the album's title. Turned Into Lemonade, an original composition by Shulman (they all are, bar one), is described by the composer thus: "When life gives you lemons turn them into lemonade."
As well as his composing skills, Shulman is a fine pianist displaying the subtleties of, say, Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett as opposed to the panache of Peterson in overdrive.
The three vocal tracks add to the variety, Jones has a very pleasing voice that fits the mood perfectly - with or without words.
This won't be my Record of the Year or even of the month but I suspect it will be one I'll probably end up playing more often than some of the ones that made a big initial impact only to fade with familiarity - a bit like lovers really!
It really is a little gem, released a couple of weeks back, it's well worth checking out.
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.
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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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