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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

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

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Zoe Gilby Trio @ The Jazz Café. August 15

Zoe Gilby (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
The Jazz Café’s last night of the summer season until September and the place was busy. More than busy, the place was packed. And no wonder, Zoe Gilby was holding court. A gig or two in the West Country, hundreds of miles on the clock, then back home to fulfil an engagement at the Pink Lane establishment.
Lieber and Stoller, Brubeck, Bush (Kate not George) and a pad full of originals peppered the first set. Some Cats Know, Travelin’ Blues (West Country style), In the Warm Room, just a selection from a select set list. Gilby’s working relationship with guitarist Mark Williams and bassist Andy Champion goes back a good few years and it showed. Three of the very best musicians on the scene, appreciative of one another’s abilities, this was a joined-up performance that held the attention of the audience throughout the first set. The original material stood comparison with the familiar, the musicianship of the highest order. In It Together and Your Words heard Williams and Champion knock-out tremendous, on-the-money solos with Gilby’s lyrics, in particular her recall and delivery, quite something. Gilby possesses the stage craft to engage with all, a talent many a vocalist can but aspire to.
Second set offered more of the same top quality jazz. Paul Simon’s Graceland, a Gilby-Champion composition Eleanor, some Cole Porter (at a lick) and the noirish Midnight Bell with the enunciated lyric and Williams’ unsettling, fleetingly discordant solo. A swing-out number – Is It Me? – upped the mood with guitar and bass tearing it up. Red Headed Girl, dedicated to the original redhead, has a great title and line…Red Headed Girl from the North East of Nowhere. The closing number – Red City – featured Andy ‘Souk’ Champion’s evocative intro. Minarets, markets and merchants, the sights and sounds of North Africa. Williams embellished, Gilby sang of the joys of the Red City. This was another assured performance from Ms Gilby, we have come to expect nothing less.            
Russell.      

1 comment :

JC said...

Yes, great session with a brilliant trio. Each of them are fantastic musicians in their own ways and Zoe Gilby keeps flying the flag for her own improvising instrument of scat, which is great. As you say the originals are now a full part of the set and it seems there is a rich seam to be mined here with a song I think she said hadn't been recorded yet ('Secret Kiss'?). Up front in the Jazz Cafe is now the place to be for these gigs as it's like having the band playing in your own front room. Judging by the number of people who were trying to squeeze into this space at this session, it would be great if the listening area could be made bigger.

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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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