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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.)

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Today Monday February 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

RIP Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau died on Sunday, February 12, aged 76. One of the most innovative of singers, boundaries meant nothing to him as proved by his unique achievement of winning Grammys in 3 different categories - Jazz, Pop and R & B.
I never managed to catch him live, however, I do have the 5 CD set: Al Jarreau - Original Album Series. The equivalent of 5 LPs - We Got By; Glow; All Fly Home; This Time and Breakin' Away. All classics that will be on my turntable tonight.
Did Al Jarreau ever play Newcastle. If he did then I have no excuses for not seeing a legend who, ironically, announced his retirement from touring only a few days ago.
Sadly missed.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I know several people who saw him in Manchester in the early eighties, though most were more interested Dave Sanborn supporting.
    I was a bit of a Jazz snob at the time, haven turned my back on Jazz funk which was kind of his audience at that time.
    Also I'm not big on Jazz singers in general but he was a fantastic singer.
    In amongst your OAC set you should slip in the version of Little Sunflower off the Love Connection album.

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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.
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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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