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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 Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

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

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

CD Review: Helen Tzatzimakis - Soulfully

Helen Tzatzimakis (voice); Stelios Chatzikaleas (trumpet); Manos Athanasiadis (piano, arrangements); Antonis Arvanitis (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Ms Tzatzimakis is currently studying for a doctorate in Modern Greek Literature and she is a linguist and poet.  She has won prizes for her singing and her voice has an extensive range with many tonal colours, sweet, pleasantly nasal, deep, or light and gentle. 
This is her second CD, which includes jazz standards and songs from Greece and other countries.  The piano is especially skilled and the trumpet and bass do their stuff well.  I found that I preferred some tracks more than others, as the Greek songs in particular are sung in a rather over-dramatic cabaret style, but maybe that is the way such songs are meant to be done.  Nearly every song on the CD is very slow except for Youkali, a tango (Fernay/Weill) and I longed for a bit more variety of speed.  I don’t think soulful, sad songs always need to be slow.
Having said all that, such tracks as Crazy (the well known country song); Ne Me Quittes Pas; Don’t Explain and Youkali were all enjoyable.  The Marianne Faithful song So Sad used electronic effects lavishly, which some listeners would find a bit much.  The Greek song Ederlezi had an interesting middle Eastern feel with an echo effect.
The CD was issued on the Cobalt Music label on March 3, 2015.
Ann Alex.

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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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