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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

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


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

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

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

Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Italian Job @ The Black Swan November 29

Tommaso Starace Sax, John Turville piano, Al Swainger bass, and Chris Nickolls drums
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
This was a marvelously constructed gig: each tune played was inspired by a photograph made by the great Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin. The black and white images of scenes from Italian life were projected onto a screen to one side of the stage. The quartet really managed to musically illustrate the feelings that the images portrayed. For example, the light feel of the soprano saxophone on The Bubble Vendor perfectly captured the feel of the bubbles soaring into the 1960’s Venetian sky. My own particular favourite photograph of the evening, Motion In Stillness, depicts a severe looking priest in Milan (1950) juxtaposed with a blurred spinning roundabout populated by young children enjoying themselves with gay abandon.

All the songs played were originals, apart from the most beautiful interpretation of Ravel’s Adagio Assai from Piano Concerto in G MajorThe accompanying photograph was one of Gardin’s most iconic - shot from above, a single woman dressed in black walks across a snow covered St Marks Square, whilst hundreds of pigeons flying below provide further contrast with the almost deserted square.
Most of the music the quartet played was melodic straight-ahead jazz of a fairly even tempo, however,

both sets ended with two fast and furious pieces, which to be honest, I personally could have done with more of. The first set concluded with Jamme (1978) depicting two adults and a child on a single scooter in the streets of Naples, and the band really seemed to let go encapsulating the feel, wildness and joy of the Italian south. Back To My Roots (1958,) a picture of a swirling Tuscan landscape, saw the band really take it out and concluded a perfectly fabulous and rewarding evening.

Steve H.   

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

The interpretation of Adagio Assai was probably the best piece, nice slow and well connected to the image of pigeons flying near.

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