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Friday, November 16, 2018

New Jazz Voices @ Newcastle University - Nov 15.

Late afternoon Thursday in King's Hall is allocated to 'Student Performances'. Today's session included a couple of jazz (or jazz related) sets alongside other performers (Bach violin pieces, interpretations of songs by Birdy and Snow Patrol, and a soprano singing Bellini and Pergolesi).

Guitarist Dylan Lemon, a new name to Bebop Spoken Here, played two numbers - Thelonious Monk to begin with, followed by Dave Brubeck's Take Five. Short and sweet, little in the way of improvisation, Lemon was accompanied on the latter number by a student friend playing rhythm guitar. It would be good to hear the two guitarists sitting-in around town.  
   
Ellen Harris performed two pieces (one of them by flavour of the month, and friend of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat) backed by a more than useful trio which included two graduates known to BSH - Luke Gaul, on this occasion playing guitar, and drummer Harry Still. As with guitarist Lemon, let's hear Harris mixing it at one of the many regional jam sessions. 

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