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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

CD Review: Beat Funktion - Voodooland.

(Review by Lance).
Beat Funktion are back! The swinging Swedes who caught my attention last year with Moon Town have moved location to Voodooland. It doesn't matter, the music remains the coolest hippest jazz/funk/reggae/hip- hop groove mix in Scandinavia and beyond.
Prepare to dance the night away to some jazzy modern solos from trumpet and tenor, powerhouse keyboard, guitar and, on a couple of tracks, flute, all played over pulsating, hypnotic rhythms. Alternatively, you could just sit down and pour a glass or three of  Akvavit and let the music (all composed and arranged by Daniel Lantz) and the voddie envelope you.
Beat Funktion are not only fine musicians but also musical apothecaries and medicine men - they certainly cured my arthritis (temporarily) if not my high blood pressure!
This is unlikely to be my CD of the year but it has a fair chance to be in the shake-up for the danciest one.
Damn it, I'm going to play it again!
And again!
Beat Funktion - Voodooland is available on Do Music Records.
Lance.
Karl Olandersson (tpt); Olle Thunström (ten); Johan Öijen (gtr/talkbox); Daniel Lantz (keys); Pal Johnson (bs); Jon Eriksson (dms) + Staffen Hallgren (fl); Simon Monserrat/ Folke Lantz (perc).

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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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