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Bebop Spoken There

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, April 01, 2017

GIJF Day 1 - Before and After

Once again the Serious bandwagon pulled up at Sage Gateshead for the annual International Jazz Festival.
Clare Teal gave an absolutely stunning performance which will be reported in detail later by Ann Alex.
However, prior to the main event, Paul Edis and students from the BABMUS course gave an impressive performance down on the Concourse. I only heard snatches as I was ensconced in the 'hospitality tent' (somebody's got to do it!) but what I did hear sounded good. Tom Dixon's Take 5 impressed as did the vocals from the various ladies in black.
After the enthralling performance by Ms Teal we headed for the number 27 only to be stopped in our tracks by some intriguing sounds from the Prohibition Bar which is situated midway between Sage Gateshead and the bus stop.
As the 27 was still a couple of pints away, this seemed like a suitable place to wait.

On stage, the Peg Powler Band were playing an appealing mix of folky western swing. Because of the lateness of the hour we only caught a couple of numbers but both were excellent.
On guitar, Ian Bartholomew - who also sang. On vocals, Sara Dennis who, I believe, earlier played uke and on fiddle Mags Forward who obviously doesn't come from Sunderland.
This made for a very pleasant end to the evening even if it wasn't exactly jazz.
Must catch them again.
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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