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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - March 7

(Review by Lance).
It was billed as being led by Steve Glendinning but Steve was elsewhere so it was Mark Williams in the hot seat.
Not that I was complaining. Mark, Paul (Grainger) and Russ set the bar quite high with Solar; Time Remembered and My Romance. A good start. 
It takes a brave guitarist to follow Mark Williams but Mike Smith made a valiant effort with some Ellington. Brandishing a Squier Telecaster he gave us a rather ponderous In a Sentimental Mood and Take the A Train that somehow had a Chet Atkins country feel to it - nice one.

Vince Webb occupied the piano stool for the rest of the evening. A very welcome addition to the Newcastle scene. Young Matt Mackellar is fast becoming a veteran, whilst Ian Forbes has long been a veteran. Both made major contributions to the evening as did Dave McKeague later and Russ Morgan earlier.
Four great drummers in one night!
John Pope on bass didn't do any harm either!
Alex Moniakis played good guitar on West Coast Blues then the horns moved in. Forbes (Don), Paul (Gowland) and David (Gray) played Softly as in a Morning Sunrise. It wasn't softly but nor was it morning so I wasn't Moanin' although they were soon after - they were on fire although Webb's solo on the Bobby Timmons' classic was surprisingly delicate.
Other numbers included There Will Never be Another You, Oleo and 27 - the latter being, of course, my bus which beckoned.
Another great night.
Photos. 
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. When I remarked that Steve Glendinning was billed, Mark replied, "I'll get my head shaved then I'll be able to play like Steve" - Irish humour, you can't beat it!

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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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