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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

GIJF Day 3 @ Sage Gateshead: Jambone with Zoe Gilby and Matt Anderson

(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Russell)
This concert was part of a project involving our own local singer Zoe Gilby, and Matt Anderson from Yorkshire, who had written new music to be performed by Sage Gateshead’s own youth jazz ensemble, Jambone. The first song was Zoe’s Is It Me?, a lively bop style song which was Zoe’s response to recent general upsets in the world, a theme which cropped up a few times during the weekend. Then came The Tunnel, which Ms Gilby wrote after performing in the atmospheric surroundings of a disused train tunnel in Romania. This was a swinger, with the brass instruments adding to the atmosphere, trombone, alto and tenor sax solos, and even flute solos and a round of acapella singing from the band, with harmonies: ‘Holding the past, it lasts for a lifetime, legend of old, the story told.’
There then followed Paul Edis’s beautiful arrangement of The Water Of Tyne, done as a canon (a sort of complex round) and another gentle piece by Edis, Please Peace Piece. Matt Anderson stepped up to the plate to conduct his own piece Interesting Times (that theme again) with the band and the drums exchanging bars of 4, then came Matt’s Distances, when he considered the distances involved in travelling to New Zealand, with a baritone sax solo from Ryan De Silva, long notes to represent the journey. The concert was neatly rounded off with Edis’s Loop the Loop, with solos all round and a tasty duet from bass and a breathy Jethro-Tull like flute.
I enjoyed this performance just as much as the offerings from the more famous musicians, not that I’m influenced by knowing some of those on stage personally, mind. And the colourful programme notes provided were a great help in writing this piece anyway.
Ann Alex
Paul Edis (director); Zoe Gilby (vocals); Matt Anderson (tenor sax)
Jambone:  Nicholas Caughey, Ryan De Silva, Alex Thompson, Henry Schmid, Ella Talbot (saxes);
Megan Robinson, Imogen Davies-Pugh (flutes); 
James Metcalf, Ben Lawrence, Lucien Guest, Callum Mellis (trumpets); Darcy Whyatt, Kate Garnett, Fabio De Sousa (trombones); Philipp Grobe (piano); Matthew Downey (guitar); Alex Shipsey (bass); Dylan Thompson (drums).

1 comment :

  1. Really enjoyed PPP. If the rest of Kind of Blue was as good as So What and Flamenco Sketches, it wouldn't be over-rated. I think there were bits of Sketches of Spain in there too and the famous TV broadcast of So What with Gil Evans when the bones come in - magical.
    Great when Dr Phil turned round to play the organ too but the whole band are sounding great.

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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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