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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Arun Ghosh @ Family Tent, Cheltenham Jazz Festival - May 1

(Review by Steve T)
With time to kill before an early evening gig I opted for this, even though it was part of the kids program. I've seen him a couple of times and he's great, I'll always listen to a tabla player, the tickets were a bargain and men are just big kids anyway.
I arrived during one of his biggies that I recognised from one of his albums and the previous gigs, the snake charmer playing his clarinet one-handed, waving his other arm in the air. No tabla, but upright bass and kit worked remarkably well through Bird’s Now's the Time.
Some kids sat with parents while others laid on beanbags at the front and there appeared to be lots of adults without kids. He had them (the kids) doing river motions to The River, rainfall to Rain, jumping up and down to Caliban’s Revenge and sleeping to La Lan Chu (forgive any spelling errors), which is Mandarin for Lullaby.
I’d met him after his last Sage Gateshead gig and he's the real deal, one of the coolest British Jazz artists on the circuit. As a British Asian growing up in Manchester, I've no doubt he's led a 'colourful' life, which came through in his relaxed, entertaining banter with the kids, though occasionally needing to retract things, so lots of explanations required from parents afterwards, but it was all good humoured and well received.
In fact everybody seemed to love it: kids, ladies, big kids and festival staff, his first appearance at the festival and I hope he'll be doing one of the main venues in the next few years.
Steve T

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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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