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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Claire Kelly @ The Jazz Café - Newcastle. Saturday July 28.

Claire Kelly (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs).
(Review by Lance)
From the moment Claire swung into Tiptoe Gently I relaxed. This was going to be good. With Paul Grainger laying down the pulse on bass and Steve Glendinning providing key and sympathy the mood was set for a nicely balanced trio.
No Moon At All could have been subtitled No Drums At All and, in truth, this was such a tightly knit unit that drums could have been obtrusive. It also served as an indication of just how far Claire's stage presence has developed. Sitting on a chair, a booted leg provocatively outstretched and one of those enigmatic smiles that can normally only be seen in The Louvre, it was no wonder That Even Fido Was Afraid To bark! - the poor mutt couldn't handle that - it wasn't easy for this poor mutt either!
Blues Are Out of Town is that rare creature - a happy blues! and a great number too although not without some uncertainty along the way! I Concentrate On You and a première of Born To Be Blue rounded off a first set that completely banished any misgivings I may have had after her Hoochie gig.
The second set had more gems - The Carpenter's Masquerade reminded us that Karen Carpenter was a class act - and so indeed is Claire who did  the melancholy song justice! Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, another blues, Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do with, I suspect, some of Claire's own lyrics added. Finally a couple of my favourites from her pad - Aqua de Beber and Guilty.
Full praise must be given to Steve and Paul. Both in solo and support they held it all together beautifully. My only regret was not being able to stay longer but time and the number 27 wait for no one.
PS: Support the Jazz Café (Pink Lane, Newcastle) it is unique!

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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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