Bebop Spoken There
Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).
Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)
Today Monday February 27
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
(Review by Lance)
Monday, October 28, 2013
Corky Hale: "Mel (Tormé) is probably the most talented of all the singers and I think that the only reason he didn't make it as big as Sinatra is that he is somewhat difficult to get along with." - (Jazz Journal September 1997).
And Frank wasn't?
So the next gig will be our good friends, the HJQ (Hexham Jazz Quartet (or Quintet)) - fingers crossed - on Wed December 11. We'll be having the jam as usual.
Zoe Gilby, a rising start of the British jazz scene, presents her eagerly awaited third album ‘Twelve Stories’ at the Dacre Hall, Lanercost.
Having played the Koktebel Jazz Festival,
Sunday, October 27, 2013
It's available from W.H.Smith, Amazon and all good book stores.
Thanks to Miles Watson for drawing this review to my attention. The on-line review also includes a link to Ella singing Love For Sale.
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op: Lindsay Hannon and The Blue Jazz Quartet @ Salsa Cafe, Westgate Road, Newcastle (Parts 2&3)
(Review by Kath Jobes)
The second set started with the trio of piano, bass and drums introducing Tenor Madness from Jeff Smith… this was complemented by a lovely piano solo. Lindsay’s opening song of this set, All of Me, saw an interesting exchange between drums and double bass, and, not to be left out, the sax played a beautiful and haunting solo in the next song – Body and Soul. The Boy from Ipanema was just lovely with an exquisite solo from Chris Finch. A lively arrangement of Four, brought an exchange of fours among the band, and the final song of this set saw James Harrison guest on Piano to perform an outstanding version of Blue Monk with Lindsay and the remainder of the Quartet.
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op: Lindsay Hannon and The Blue Jazz Quartet @ Salsa Cafe, Westgate Road, Newcastle (Part 1)
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
PS: Don't miss the eve of party concert at the Customs House, South Shields. (Thursday October 31.)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
(Review by Lance)
You can read all about it here.
But why no mention of support act Iceni? This was arguably the biggest night of their career - presumably the Guardian reviewer was propping the bar up.
Thanks to LondonJazzNews for bringing the review to the attention of non-Guardian readers.
Spirited Latin and Afro Cuban music combined with delicious tapas and a superb ambience was the recipe for a perfect Saturday evening; the music had me dancing in my seat with a huge grin on my face, and looking around the audience the atmosphere was one of immeasurable enjoyment.
Tickets £6 advance /£8 on the door
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
(Review by Lance.)
(Photo by Ken Drew)
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Grilled red mullet, fregola and mint, red pepper coulis
Cheddar cheese and spinach soufflé (V)
Bistro rump, café de paris butter, onion rings, fries and garden salad
White onion and tomato tart, feta, soft boiled egg, olives and basil (V)
Glazed lemon tart, raspberry sorbet
Selection of ice creams and sorbets
Friday, October 18, 2013
(Review by Lance.)
Thursday, October 17, 2013
(Review by Ann Alex)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Billy Harper Quartet with Anne DeVere.
Very sad to learn of the death of Tommy Whittle on Monday October 14 - one day after his 87th birthday. One of the UK's greatest ever tenor players he could out-swing just about anyone. He played several times at Blaydon Jazz Club and I remember a memorable gig he did at Live Theatre with the great Polish pocket trumpet player Janusz Carmello. I first heard Tommy Whittle live at the Hopbine, a pub in Wembley, where he ran a Wednesday night jazz club for many years. I've also got a live recording from there with Tubby Hayes - that was quite a night! As well as the Hopbine he had another residency - The Dorchester, talk about contrast!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Although thought of as a New Orleans stylist, the first time I heard Eric was at the Bluebell in Felling where he played an excellent version of Johnny Hodges' Sideways.
A fine player who will be sadly missed.
PS: In the photo Eric is at the far left of the picture.
Well done guys.
PS: Andy Hudson was former Newcastle Big Band leader, Director of various Newcastle Festivals and co-director with George Wein of the Capital FM Jazz Festival in London.
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Rachael Cohen (alt); Tom Ford (gtr); Calum Gourlay (bs); James Bashford (dms).
(Review by Lance. Photos by Ken Drew.)
Sunday, October 13, 2013
(Review by Lance)
I didn't know much about Onabulé except that the London based Nigerian had sung solo at the wedding of Posh and Becks. Deciding that those iconic figures wouldn't hire crap I decided to check him out.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Michael Janisch is an award-winning electric & double bassist. An American based in London, his multitude of talents across the music industry have seen him become one of the most active and in-demand musicians of his generation, as well as a linchpin figure between US & European artists.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
One of the lovely ladies did indeed come through with a pic - thank you Jackie/
In the forefront of the photo is Sage Supremo Ros Rigby holding the 10th anniversary cake celebrating 10 years of GIJFs.
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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.)