Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dean Stockdale - Solo piano recital @ the Lit and Phil

Dean Stockdale (piano).
(Review by Lance).
The piano is without doubt the king of instruments. No need for bass and drums when you've got a well tuned baby grand - particularly when it's played by Dean Stockdale.
A slightly smaller in numbers crowd than usual (where were JNE? This would have been an ideal gig to promote this weekend's fundraiser) who were treated to a delightful hour of music with a capital J.
Like Someone in Love set the mood, Jimmy Van Heusen's immortal classic was followed by the not so well known piece by Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer - Emily. Lovely jazz waltz feel to it. Mingus was represented by Nostalgia in Times Square with the pianist somehow capturing the big band feel of the original.
Body and Soul, All the Things You Are, Moonlight in Vermont, Over the Rainbow, Kelly's Blues - an Oscar Peterson number that told us exactly where Stockdale was coming from and finally St. Thomas. I may have missed a number or two out (I'd came out without my pen) but that was the gist of what was as good as you'd get anywhere on a Friday afternoon - or evening or any day come to that! His chord voicings are sublime!
The north-east is blessed with some outstanding pianists and Dean Stockdale is right up there with the best - don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
Lance.

2 comments :

Robert Laing said...

" No need for bass and drums when you've got a well tuned baby grand" ----Really? I wonder why Oscar Peterson bothered then.

Lance said...

Ok Robert, an over statement I know! My apologies. Poetic licence and an attempt to convey the pianist's command of the instrument is my excuse.

Blog Archive

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!