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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

On the Down Beat

(Report by Russell).
Down Beat’s 80th Annual Readers’ Poll produced few surprises. The consolidation and confirmation of status is evident across the many categories. Inducted into Down Beat’s Hall of Fame is Tony Bennett. The Jazz Group award went to Snarky Puppy. Wynton Marsalis won the Trumpet section by a street with Terence Blanchard placing in the top ten. The Messengers’ alumnus – Blanchard, not Marsalis – will be at Sage Gateshead in 2016 during the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Marcus Miller, heard recently at Sage Gateshead, came within a whisker of claiming the Electric Bass crown. A mere 13 votes separated him and the top man Stanley Clarke. They polled well over 3000 votes between them. Did the presiding officer call for a recount?
Jack DeJohnette held off Brian Blade to take the Drum award and Billy Hart – heard at the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival with the Cookers – placed tenth. The top three in the Male Vocalist list were the same trio as last year, although they shuffled the order. Last year’s winner Gregory Porter dropped down to third, Kurt Elling maintained his runner up position, and last year’s third placed vocalist, Tony Bennett, won the title. A word for Jamie Cullum, he placed tenth.
Finally, BB King won Blues Artist or Group polling almost four times as many votes as Buddy Guy in second place. Robert Cray, recently at Sage Gateshead, grabbed tenth spot and Eric Bibb, appearing at Sage Gateshead in 2016, made the top twenty.
Russell.

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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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