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Bebop Spoken There

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Album Review: Richard Williams – Hollywood Christmas

Richard Williams (piano, arranger, producer); Trey Henry (bass); Bernie Tresel (drums) + various vocalists, saxophones, trumpets, trombones + strings & woodwinds of the Budapest Scoring Orchestra.

This is a bumper Christmas album lasting for one and a half hours, really good value for your Christmas party. More of a middle of the road feel rather than actual jazz, but some jazz elements crop up in the arrangements and spurts of saxophone and trombone, and some nifty drumming, for example on Santa Claus is Coming To Town.

The singing is pleasantly enjoyable, sometimes intimate as on White Christmas; sometimes skilful duets, or women singers in close harmony. The whole album is competently organised, with medleys of cheerful numbers interspersed with slower more serious songs such as Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. The whole is rounded off with a half hour instrumental play through of all the songs with just occasional fragments of singing. There is a mix of orchestral and big band sounds.

This all creates a sort of tapestry of Christmas in the USA, with more than one reference in the songs to pumpkin pie, and mentions of the USA states in There's No Place Like Home. Which isn't surprising as Richard Williams was born in Utah and grew up in California. He is a multi instrumentalist and composer who has worked with many genres of music.

The album is available everywhere. See www.richardmusic.comAnn Alex

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year; The Holiday Season; Happy Holiday; The Christmas Song; White Christmas; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; Rockin' Round The Christmas Tree; Here Comes Santa Claus; Jingle Bells; Frosty The Snowman; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Winter Wonderland; Let It Snow; Up On The Housetop; (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays; I'll Be Home For Christmas; Coming Home; Somewhere In My Memory; Someway, Somehow; plus instrumental versions of all songs.

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