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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, February 23, 2014

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. February 22

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass) + Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) + Ray Burns (harmonica)
(Review by Russell).
Saturday night at the Jazz Café, the listeners’ seats taken, an obscured-view seat the next best option. A bottle of Prince Bishop at hand, hello to Ruth, note pad at the ready in the absence of Bebop Spoken Here’s Main Man (‘Man Flu’, apparently). Ms Lambert’s trio, a perfect fit for the venue, kicked off with You and the Night and the Music. Remarkably, those in attendance ceased conversation, opting to listen. Hoagy’s masterpiece – Skylark – followed. 
How to follow that? More Songbook classics, that’s how. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To featured guitarist Giles Strong. Space at a premium, Lambert squeezed up against the upright piano: Not quite the Fabulous Baker Boys! quipped our vocalist. A first class selection of tunes comprised the remainder of the first set – Bonnie Raitt’s  Love Me Like a Man (Graeme Wilson sat in), all excelled, Angel Eyes (Wilson featured) and That Old Feeling. The Big Lamp beer supply exhausted, the equally palatable Workie Ticket (Mordue) went down a treat (a bit like substituting George Best with Lionel Messi).
Second set…’the ABC of it’…Lambert fronting the Customs House Big Band! No, this was the trio format – Teach Me Tonight. A switch to up tempo material – How High the Moon was all but eclipsed by No Moon At All (superb, effortless vocals). How Insensitive took it down, coinciding with an alcohol-fuelled increase in the volume of audience chit-chat. How insensitive, indeed. Alright, okay, the audience wins. Crank it up with West Coast Blues, that’ll show ‘em! For an encore, Ms Doris Day! A Secret Love. I don’t’ know about those Baker Boys but one thing is for certain – we were listening to the Fabulous Ms Ruth Lambert.        

1 comment :

Liz said...

a good revue Russell, I was humming along as I read, bringing those lovely numbers to life. Thank you

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