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Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CD Review: Deborah Latz - Fig Tree.


Deborah Latz – vocals; Jon Davis – piano; John Hart – acoustic & electric guitars; Ray Parker – double bass; Willard Dyson – drums, percussion; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor & soprano sax, flutes, percussion, Abdoulaye Diabate – voice on She Was.
(Review by Debra M.)
Fig Tree, Deborah Latz’s third album, comprises vocal jazz classics plus a number of World Music - flavoured songs, mostly original compositions. The opening   Blue Skies has a laid back, slightly funky groove. Other stylishly delivered standards  include; Hi-Fly, You’d be so Nice to Come Home to and S’wonderful, the latter featuring Ray Parker who can be heard  vocalising  his  solo.
The Brooklyn based singer has made the most of her top notch ensemble, with Parker and Jon Davis making compelling contributions, especially in duets with the vocalist. Embraceable You, by far the shortest track, is sung virtually acapella with Parker soloing on double bass throughout. This stripped down arrangement highlights Latz’s heartfelt interpretation of the lyric, as well as the purity of her tone and fine vocal control. She is also a linguist, and  is at ease with Latin rhythms, giving a relaxed rendition of Corcovado and E Luxo So in Portuguese, and of the Hellenic  folk song  Fevgo in Greek.
The guest multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum plays a treat, with a gorgeous tenor sax solo on Ill Wind, as well as making significant contributions to Latz’s originals. 
She Was,  an unusual  musical eulogy to her stepmother,  begins with a soundscape of percussion, bass and flute evoking a storm, which resolves into the sound of the ocean. It also features the Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate, providing distinctive vocal contrast while Latz  explores the soprano end of her range. You Are, another unconventional composition,  dedicated to her husband, articulates her devotion through a sung love poem and Apfelbaum’s responsive, delicate and fluid tenor. And in the swinging  title  track, everyone has some fun  while  Latz’s “whimsical” lyric describes various animals getting together and hanging out under the Fig Tree. Her vocal improvisation is a menagerie of whistles, purrs, meows and growls, giving  an overall effect of ‘Johnny Morris meets Jazz’. Not a track for the purists, but possibly an amiable introduction to the genre for children…..
The 2 strands of this album - jazz standards, especially ballads, and original compositions / World Music - don't quite meld together. However they do  illustrate  the quality and distinctive nature of Deborah  Latz’s repertoire.
Deborah Latz - Fig Tree is available from May 7, 2013
Debra M.

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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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