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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 10, 2015

CD Review: Lauren Desberg - Twenty First Century Problems

Lauren Desberg (vcl); Walter Smith 111 (ten); Taylor Eigsti (pno); Chris Smith (bs); Corey Fonville (dms); Drew ofthe Drew (sound etc.)
(Review by Lance).
I'll let Ms Desberg tell it from her point of view:
"Jazz was the music of the people from the 20’s-40’s but the sound is so far removed from people today - I wanted to update the music in a way that today’s listener could understand. Jazz for the 21st century, just like an iphone app, everything needs to be updated.
I grew up listening to and loving jazz and popular music. Not gonna lie, my heart belongs to 90’s groups - but my love for them is just as strong as it is for Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day."
Hmmm!
The lady can sing, no doubt about it. Whether she has "updated" the music in the manner intended is open to debate and, personally, my preference is for those tracks where the updating is kept to a minimum. 
Walter Smith 111 doesn't seem to be too involved in the move to the millennium, his solos are as solid as any from an earlier era and worth the price of the disc alone.  On Lullaby of the Leaves there's some fine wailing trumpet behind the vocal but no one is credited on the sleeve. So, is it a trumpet or is it some electronic wizardry from the strangely named Drew ofthe Drew who is mainly responsible, I guess, for the updating effects Ms Desberg incorporates into her quest for advancement.
An interesting experiment by an accomplished and creative singer.
Lance.
Lauren Desberg - Twenty First Century Problems is available from April 28. Sample.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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