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Today Monday November 11

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:40pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Soft Machine - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 7:30pm. £17.50.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender 2018: Sunday afternoon in the Crypt - Aurora.

Aurora: Zöe Gilby (voice); Noel Dennis (trumpet/flugel); Mark Williams (bass); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The last time I heard Aurora (the premiere at the Jazz Café) I was as far back from the band as it was possible to be. This time, I couldn't have been closer if we'd have been married!
Sitting at a front table, I could hear the announcements and, of course, appreciate the music without the distraction of the bar-banter.
Although the afternoon featured three singers, each one was so individualistic that comparisions were pointless.

I've followed Zöe's career with great interest, watching how she has developed her vocal range and expanded into new horizons - including lyric writing which is part of what the Aurora project is all about.
Noel Dennis is perhaps one of the most lyrical players around and his admiration for American trumpet player Tom Harrell led to what, in hindsight, seemed an inevitable merging of minds - Harrell's music, lyrics by Gilby performed by Aurora.
With Williams, Champion and Morgan behind them, Gilby and Dennis floated, each one off in a Harrell(el) universe.
Intriguing lyrics, great music.
Super singer, super band - I'm sure Tom Harrell will love it.
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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