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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


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.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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, May 19, 2017

Frankly Sinatra - Stephen Triffitt @ Sage Gateshead, May 18.

Stephen Triffitt (vocal) + 3 saxes; 2 trumpets; 1 trombone; piano; bass; drums and Suzi Woods (guest vocalist)
(Review by Lance).
Level One of Sage One was 99% full. The faithful had turned out to pay tribute to the late legend as seen through the eyes and voice of the generally acknowledged next best thing.
Stephen Triffitt.
He looks like Old Blue Eyes, moves like him and, most importantly, sounds like him. At times it was uncanny such was the resemblance.
It wasn't the hippest of audiences, even though I'd warrant that a fair percentage of them had had hip replacements in recent years, and many of the Sinatra style quips went over their heads. Nevertheless, one and all seemed to enjoy the music with the big winners being New York New York and Strangers in the Night, oh yes and, natch. My Way.
A choice selection of gassers included Come Fly with me; I've Got the World on a String; Pennies From Heaven; Please be Kind; The Summer Wind; Tender Trap; Witchcraft; Way You Look Tonight; Night and Day and New York New York.
This brought the first set to a close - time for a Jack Daniels.
A few familiar faces but ones I recognised from John Wilson concerts at Sage Gateshead or Jason Isaacs gigs at Hoochie Coochie rather than out and out jazz venues.
Maybe Triffitt realised this too as no attempt was made to namecheck the band. MD may have been Nigel Hitchcock and I think the tenor player was called Mark (Marco? Marcus?) it didn't matter, there weren't many solos. The toughest chair was the lonely trombone player interpreting those 5 trombone Nelson Riddle charts.
Surprisingly, no one recognised the famous intro to I've Got You Under my Skin or, if they did, they kept quiet about it. Needless to say the unidentified slideman did the Milt Bernhart solo proud.
The second set gave us Get me to the Church on Time; I've Got you Under my Skin; Strangers in the Night and a guest appearance by the rather lovely Suzi Woods ("My dad's from Seaham Harbour" she announced which drew a muted response). Fever; It Had Better be Tonight and, the real reason for her presence, a duet with Triffitt on Something Stupid. An impressive singer, well worth checking out.
Saloon song time. One For my Baby and Don't Worry 'Bout me.
Ring-A-Ding-Ding songs. Fly me to the Moon; Without a Song; I Won't Dance; You Make me Feel so Young; My Kinda Town and My Way.
It was a standing ovation. Even those who'd barely been able to walk in to the hall were on their feet applauding. 
The last time such a miracle occurred was over 2000 years ago!


Paul Skerritt (on F/b) said...

Stephen Price on keys, Damian Bell on Trumpet, Stephen Triffitt as the man himself!
Great review Lance

Damian Bell (on F/b) said...

Nigel Hailwood was the MD (not Nigel Hitchcock) and Mike Hope was on tenor. A lovely review of the night though.

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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.
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