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Bebop Spoken There

Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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

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

Monday, December 08, 2014

Budtones: Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: December 6

Fiona Finden (tenor sax, vocals); Stu Finden (tenor sax); James ? (Keys); Jim Crinson (bass); Eric Stutt (Drums).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was a hugely enjoyable gig, which deserved a larger audience, although this venue looks full with just 15 or so people. The only problem was that the band has the alphabet in a different order from the rest of us, or so it seemed.  The order of tunes was alphabetical we were assured, starting at ‘M’ with The Message, but it seemed to go haywire from there! But joking apart, a fine set, adventurously boppy, interesting songs, tight playing and lots of great solos.
Most tunes began with either the melody sung by Fiona or the horns doing a chorus in harmony (one of my favourite sounds); then Stu turning to the keys and bass during his solo, solos from both keys and bass, then horns in harmony again, or a lovely chorus from our singer.  Not forgetting 4’s between Stu and Eric on some tunes, and a welcome drum solo on the second number which was Miles Davis’s All Blues. And the bop feel was enhanced by the circle of light above the band with psychedelic patterns moving through it.
The mood then changed for Autumn Leaves, sung gently by Fiona, with just the right amount of scat at the end, followed by Sonny Rollins’ Doxy; then an original written by Jim Crinson; and God Bless The Child, sung feelingly by Fiona, herself a mother, which maybe you have to be to fully interpret this song.  The first half was rounded off with a bop version of Whispering.
The second set included I Fall In Love Too Easily with some neat call and response between voice and Stu’s sax; a lively, amusing, Sister Sadie (‘never hurried, never worried’); Miles Davis’ So What; Blues For Stu; (Fiona commented that Stu’s isn’t often blue).  Then came a Fiona original which I reluctantly missed as the Metro called me home.
I daresay that Michael Bublé at the Arena last night was ok, but I was glad to be where I was. – Sorry Mike, maybe next time.                                                                                                                               Ann Alex     

1 comment :

Eric mckenzie Stutt said...

Nice comments Ann, Thank you we are playing at Hexham Thursday !.

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