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Jane Monheit: “She [Cécile McLorin Salvant] has a beautiful style that’s reminiscent of the greats but is unique to her – a seamless mix of traditional and modern. It’s uncanny that she knows exactly who she is at an age where no one does.” – (Down Beat May 2015).
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Burt Bacharach: "It was the same thing with Sinatra and the Count Basie band, with Quincy Jones producing. They did Wives and Lovers, which is in 3/4 time, but they did it in 4/4. I said, 'Quincy, what happened?' He said: 'The Basie band can’t play in 3/4.' " – (The Guardian May 21.)

Today Sunday May 24

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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HARAMBEE PASADIA - TCR The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. For details see poster in RH column or visit here.
Four day festival organised by Hannabiell and Yilis. On-site camping available. Day 3.
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IAN HARRINGTON - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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DEAN STOCKDALE - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 4pm-7pm.
Sundays are now solo piano with earlier start.
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ANDY BENNETT QUARTET - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2. 01325 394222
One of several new venues for Darlington Jazz Club. If you're struggling to keep up with this floating jazz club - don't worry, so am I! However today's the day for this month and features a great alto sax player.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
A jam aimed at encouraging the less experienced player giving listeners a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly - Back June 14.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Today's the day!
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly - Back June 7.
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Evening.
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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- Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Back June 28
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
Monthly - Back June 7.
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TRAD JAZZ - The Globe, Railway St.,Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5. 7pm.
Last Sunday in the month series featuring local trad bands. (NOTE EARLY START!) Back June 28.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yuya Hunami Trio @ Jazz Cafe - May 22

See Lance’s review for the line-up. This is my take on it, in the form of a poem

Infinite number of beats in the Universe
The drummer catches some
And sounds them
Just for us
‘Chuck chuck chacky chuck’
No, onomatopoeia
Cannot cut it

Infinite number of tones in the Universe
Some caught by piano
Just for us
Always and forever, Nica’s dream on the sunny side of the street in Strasbourg St Denis
And Mozart dances in his grave to the new fangled rondo

Infinite number of depths in the Universe
Some caught by a bass foundation
Just for us
So dependable
And it knows how to take a bow

Three men made my night
Yet never laid a finger on me
Just laid it down
So, so well
Ann Alex


Brand & Sanders + Faye MacCalman 4tet @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre – May 21.

(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
A two-Set “Women Make Music” JNE presentation was received with much anticipation heralding, as it did, the return of Sarah Gail Brand - resulting in a decent sized audience.
Sarah Gail Brand (trombone); Mark Sanders (drums). 
These guys need no introduction – although Sarah’s rare visits to Tyneside make this a near possibility - unless your memory takes you back to 2007.  It was noted that her longest established and most empathetic musical relationship is with drummer Mark Sanders, although, sadly for us, they’ve never appeared on Tyneside as a duo until now.  However, Mark performed at the GIJF in 2014 and, prior to that, with Paul Dunmall’s group at Cluny2.  

EP Review: Priscilla Badhwar - Mademoiselle.

Priscilla Badhwar (vcl); Eddy Hobwizal (pno/Rhodes); David Pulkingham (gtr); Daniel Durham (bs); Steve Schwelling (dms).
(Review by Lance).
An enigmatic CD/EP (20 minutes) recorded in Austin, Texas by a native of that city yet the only way to describe it is as Jazz Chanson. Badhwar sings almost completely in French and sounds as authentic as any chanteuse you may chance upon in a Montmartre Café - not a "y'awl' within earshot!
Much of the material consists of tried and tested pieces from Le grande recueil de chansons francais.
Mademoiselle (Henri Salvador); Boum! (Charles Trenet); Jardon d'hiver (Keren Ann); Plus Je T'embrasse (Blossom Dearie); Maladie d'Amour (Salvador); All I Really Want is Love (Salvador).
Such an appealing voice the words just curl around your heartstrings.
But where, I hear you ask, is the jazz?
The jazz comes in the lilting swing that pervades throughout, the Django-like guitar solos and the rhythmic piano contributions from Hobwizal. There's also a touch of Brazil in the mix.
Chamber jazz and none the worse for that it's one of the most charming discs I've heard this year.
I'm a sucker for a song sung in French!
Lance.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tyne Valley Big Band News

John Knapton has sent me a list of upcoming gigs by the Tyne Valley Big Band.
Monday 25th May Northumberland County Show Bywell Hall 2-4pm
Saturday 20th June Tynedale Beer Festival Corbridge Rugby Club 1pm -3pm
Thursday 18th June Phoenix Club Hexham Informal Joint Concert with our younger bands Tynedale Youth Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band ?7-9pm
Saturday 27th June Haydon Bridge Beer Festival 5.30 pm-7.30pm

Sunday 12th July Music in the Park Gibside National Trust 1pm- 4pm.
Beer Festivals seem to be their natural habitat so take a bus or a train!
Lance.

From the Blue Note Harrogate to Mississippi Goddam!

(Preview by Russell)
Wynton comes to Yorkshire and Laura goes to NYC. BBC television does jazz well. The problem is, there isn’t enough of it. Two programmes (one after the other) on BBC4 this coming Friday (May 29) are welcome but there is precious little else. Grateful for crumbs tune in at 7:30pm for Nina Simone and Me with Laura Mvula. British singer Laura Mvula travels to New York to enthuse about her idol, Ms Nina Simone. Hard on the heels of the half hour documentary, Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a Blue Note special recorded at the Royal Hall in Harrogate – Wynton Marsalis Plays Blue Note (8:00pm).

Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance Hits Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell)
This Tuesday (26 May) Snarky Puppy’s killer rhythm section hits Sage Gateshead. Led by Londoner Bill Laurance, the trio will be on stage in Hall Two with the Netherlands’ world-famous Metropole Orchestra. Laurance (keyboards) is touring Swift, his new CD from the ‘Bill Laurance Project’ featuring Snarky Puppy’s co-founder Michael League (bass) and super-tight drummer Robert ‘Sput’ Searight.

Yuya Honami Trio @ The Jazz Café - May 22.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Yuya Honami (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo byMike Tilley).
It appeared that half the population of Yokahama had descended upon the the Jazz Café - well at least that half of the population who were studying at Newcastle Uni - and rightly so. Tonight was a farewell gig for Yuya Honami, the Japanese drummer who has made such an impression at the Tuesday night jams.
Quiet, inscrutable, he delivers the goods. Not just through drive and empathy - although he has those qualities to spare - but by adding his own voice to the trio. This is a three way split. Pete setting the mood, Yuya picking up on it and Paul holding them both together.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Triptych @ The Lit & Phil. May 22

Paul Edis (piano & clarinet), Paul Susans (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Triptych are: left panel Paul Edis, centre panel Paul Susans, right panel Rob Walker. The canvases prepared by Edis (composer of four of the eight numbers performed), form kept in perspective by Susans, watercolour fills applied by Walker. Classical English pastoral, broad-brush swing time sections, beer-fuelled, early morning groove.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CD Review: The Lalama Brothers - The Crepuscule Variations

Ralph Lalama (ten); Dave Lalama (pno) + Nicole Pasternak - Lalama (vcl).
We don't get too many really intimate jazz collaborations between family members - The Dorsey brothers were hardly a good example. The Brecker Brothers were closer but this, sub-titled, The songs Our Parents Gave Us, may possibly be the only trio set I've hit on that features two siblings and a third family member, Nicola.

Kurt Elling with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead. May 20

(Review by Russell)
It is rare to be in the presence of a genuine superstar. On Wednesday evening one such occasion occurred at Sage Gateshead. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra once again graced the stage in the world-class surroundings of Hall One on the banks of the Tyne. Master of Ceremonies George Duncan introduced the band, led by its Artistic Director Tommy Smith, to present a concert celebrating the centenary year of the birth of Frank Sinatra featuring special guest star Kurt Elling.

RIP Bob Belden

Saxophonist, arranger, composer, writer and jazz authority died yesterday (May 20) age 58. One of the more conventional contemporary musicians, Belden was respected by the jazz community worldwide.
He even became the first American jazz musician to tour Iran!
Sadly missed.
Lance.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - May 19.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Joel Brown (pno); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Thomas Dixon (alt); Dan Foote (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); Rob Bates (dms); David Gray (tmb); Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Matt Mullen (bs); Ian Forbes (dms); Richard Herdman (gtr); James Robson (bs).
(Review by Lance).
I've probably missed or mispelt some names but the above roll of honour comprises the bulk of the musicians who contributed to the Tuesday jam at the Jazz Café.
There were the inevitable highs and lows associated with any impromptu performance but, suffice to say, there were more highs than lows. Too many in fact to list them all!
As ever, the house quartet provided the openers and later the springboard for those diving in at the deep end. 

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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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