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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).

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

Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Alan Barnes & Paul Edis @ The Gala Theatre. Feb 10

Alan Barnes (alto sax & clarinet) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Doug Hollingsworth)
 Sleet, threatening snow, fell, making for a picture postcard backdrop through the windows of the Gala’s Studio Theatre. Tickets for this lunchtime concert sold out earlier in the week. The duo of Alan Barnes and Paul Edis playing a few tunes together guaranteed a full house with all seats in the one hundred capacity top floor Durham venue occupied in time for the one o’clock start.
On Green Dolphin Street for starters, a Jobim bossa, Alan Barnes (playing clarinet on this number only) suggesting to pianist Paul Edis that he could set up ‘a bit of a vamp’, with mid-winter swirling snowflakes licking the window panes, then a warming Blues in F, replete with not only Barnesian quotes but equally rapid-fire lines plucked from Edis’ memory bank.
Jimmy Van Heusen’s Here’s That Rainy Day an early highlight, the quality maintained with Monk’s Ask Me Now (Barnes enquiring of Edis: Are you going to be quirky?), a couple of the altoist’s own compositions, some Cole Porter, things were going well!
Barnes revealed that the only number they had played through prior to the doors opening was the mighty Charles Mingus’ Nostalgia in Times Square. This produced fine solos from the duo. What to play to close the set? Cherokee? ventured Edis. Oh, no! replied Barnes. They settled for every jam session favourite - Rhythm Changes. Barnes and Edis would later in the day meet up in Darlington.             
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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