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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Livestream from The Globe: Not Now Norman – September 5

Taylor Mitchell (vocals); Zander Brown (guitar); Jimmy Manningham (bass guitar); Bodhi Turnbull (drums)

This isn't a 'proper' full review as the music was most certainly not jazz. No, I'm writing this because I consider that The Globe is to be congratulated for putting on such a wide range of music. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering, which I'd decided to watch out of curiosity and also out of an urge to try all sorts of music.

 The outfit hails from Berwick-on-Tweed and they play heavy rock, with driving guitars and lively, spirited, stylish and sometimes aggressive songs. The lyrics are valid and down to earth, such as 'You ask too many questions, shut your mouth' (about an abusive relationship); another song said 'You stole something from my heart'; then 'Save me from a time when everything around has died' (about environmental problems) 'Take me to the land of the midnight sun ' featured camera work showing the musicians fading and reappearing in different parts of the stage.

Ms Mitchell was entrancing to watch, Doc Marten boots, fishnet tights, black shorts and long black hair flicking around, moving around a lot and singing well. I didn't recognise any songs except for Sweet Child of Mine towards the end, so don't know if they were originals or what. The instrumentalists were well on the money as we say in jazz circles. The lyrics were apparently straightforward and effectively repetitious. The band deserved a bigger audience than the numbers shown on YouTube, don't know how many were watching on Facebook.

Definitely a great chance to listen to music that you wouldn't usually bother with.
Ann Alex

2 comments :

Lance said...

Don't forget that The Globe returns to its jazz roots tonight when the Alan Law Trio with Jordan Alfonso on alto celebrate the music and the centennial of Charlie Parker at 8:00pm on Facebook and YouTube. Donate a fiver (or more) for what promises to be a great live stream.
Note, streamed only so don't turn up at the door!
Full details on Globe website/Facebook.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this review, we're so pleased you enjoyed the show - Not Now Norman

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