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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Paul Taylor @ St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle - May 12

This Friday lunchtime performance, one in a regular recital programme at St Nicholas Cathedral, featured Paul Taylor in a set of forty minutes or so playing solo piano improvisations. The recital programme presents artists from far and wide (an organist, a classical guitarist, a soprano voice perhaps), today a musician based in the region expressed his delight at being offered a platform within such imposing surroundings.    
Paul Taylor specialises in solo piano improvisations. Elegant, impressionistic, cascading lines, a confluence of ideas, Taylor seemingly abandoning a line of thought in favour of another before a return to an earlier statement. The audience listened, some with closed eyes, contemplating who knows what? Taylor is a quietly spoken man, his introductory remarks audible to those seated in the pews nearest to the piano situated in the nave. Other audience members sitting several rows behind struggled to hear, but no matter, Taylor’s music spoke for him. At the conclusion of his set Taylor stood up, acknowledged the audience, and walked off with a backward glance at the piano.
A concert performance of quiet, reflective piano playing.
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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