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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

CD Review: Mads Mathias - Free Falling.

Today, being That centenary, it seems appropriate that I mention a CD featuring a keeper of the flame who upholds the tradition without losing his individuality.
Mads Mathias is as Danish as Lurpak and as American as any singer/saxophonist working the GASbook side of the street. The difference is that these are, all but one (Sugar), his own compositions that he is adding to that infinitesimal work.
Inspired by such singers as Nat Cole, Sinatra (natch!) and Harry Connick Jr., Mathias has a style that possibly relates more to Mel Tormé, Joe Mooney. Jon Hendricks or Kurt Elling - perhaps even Gregory Porter. So relaxed and cool it's hard to imagine that he lost three fingers in a car accident when he was only 17 and yet was able to return to sax playing when the hand was rehabilitated!
The backing ranges from a 25 piece orchestra to duo via quintet - many tracks are also arranged by Mads.
One of the most exciting singer/songwriters to emerge. I thought the book of Moon songs had been long closed but, The Man in the Moon is worthy of comparision with any of them!
Mathias returns to the UK in February playing the following venues:
Friday 5th – The Cinnamon Club, Manchester – 7.30pm
Saturday 6th – 
Southport Melodic Jazz Club at The Royal Clifton Hotel – 11am
Sunday 7th – 
Seven Jazz in Chapel Allerton, Leeds 1.30 – 4pm
Friday 12th – 
Lighthouse, Poole – 8pm
Saturday 13th – 
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – 7pm
Saturday 13th – 
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – 10pm
Sunday 14th – 
Pizza Express Music Lounge, Maidstone.
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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