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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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Friday, May 19, 2017

Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - May 19

Dean Stockdale (piano), Gavin Barras (double bass) & Adam Dawson (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The welcome return of Dean Stockdale to the Lit & Phil, on this occasion working with the west of the Pennines bass and drums pairing of Gavin Barras and Adam Dawson, presented a first opportunity for Newcastle gig-goers to purchase the pianist's new CD. What's more, this Friday lunchtime concert was recorded for, at the very least, posterity, if not future release.
Adam Dawson's last minute arrival via the always busy M6 and the recording engineer requiring a few minutes to mic-up the kit resulted in the usual one o'clock start being delayed slightly. The published programme of eight numbers actually ended up with nine tunes being played - more of that later.

Clifford Brown's Joyspring opened the set with Stockdale's easy swinging piano style to the fore. The trio recently played a prestigious date at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and, having been in the studio to record Origin (Stockdale's new album), this is a well-oiled working unit, a glance sufficient visual communication between the three musicians.
Beautiful Love and Nostalgia in Times Square were choice tunes and two Stockdale compositions - Harbour Lights and Blues for Woody - could be said to be of similar quality. The blues weren't for Woody Shaw, rather Stockdale's dog Woody (sadly no longer with us).
At this juncture bassist Gavin Barras laid down his instrument, checked his phone and announced he would have to be excused for a few minutes to feed money into a parking meter! Off he went. What to do? Stockdale is an improvising musician, so, he played a solo piano piece. Metropolitan Nocturne entertained the audience until Barras' return.
The trio restored to its full complement, two further Stockdale tunes - Railtown and Nth Degree - were well received by the lunchtime crowd and, slightly beyond two o'clock, the one hour performance concluded with Out of Nowhere.
A fine hours’ worth of swinging jazz piano, three compatible musicians, the Dean Stockdale Trio is looking forward to a Manchester Jazz Festival appearance in July. A return visit to Tyneside is highly likely and, as and when confirmed, it comes highly recommended.

Russell.

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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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