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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 Friday March 23


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.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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.

Friday, March 02, 2018

CD Review: The New Wonders - The New Wonders

Mike Davis (cornet & vocals); Ricky Alexander (clarinet, alto saxophone & vocals); Joe McDonough (trombone); Jared Engel (banjo); Dalton Ridenhour (piano); Jay Rattman (bass saxophone & vocals) & Jay Lepley (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell) 
At twenty-six Manhattan School of Music graduate, Mike Davis is in the vanguard of a burgeoning group of like-minded young musicians exploring, reviving and performing the music of the twenties and thirties. Cornetist Davis and his peers are dedicated to their art; scholarly attention to detail, a determination to provide a platform for, and raise the profile of, the music, and to proudly celebrate their love of the period and its then, revolutionary musical form.
The New Wonders were formed to further cornetist Davis’ ambition to play the music to a listening and dancing audience. The septet’s first album titled The New Wonders features several members of New York’s twenty-first century ‘jazz age’ practitioners. One hundred years on from the first ‘jazz age’ frontiersmen, Davis and co are blazing their own pioneer trail. The ‘New Wonder’ refers to Bix Beiderbecke’s preferred choice new model cornet. The CD comprises fifteen tracks, many of them familiar, all beautifully recorded and performed. Popular songs and bona fide classic jazz numbers of the era feature Davis’ appealing vocals and of course his cornet playing. Our twenty-first century Bixian plays a Conn New Wonder cornet and other members of the septet, wherever possible, play period instruments. Bix and Tram, Red Nichols and Bing Crosby, Davis’ New Wonders play with an enthusiasm and expertise that would have made them the talk of the town one hundred years ago.  

The CD’s transcribed numbers encourage ensemble improvisation and in addition to Davis’ vocals, there are delightful three and four-part vocal harmonies. From the opening Flamin’ Mamie to I Get the Blues When it Rains to the imploring vocals of Clorinda, the fun Smile, Darn Ya, Smile to a real highlight – I’m Walking Between the RaindropsThe New Wonders is a highly recommended new release. If you’re lucky enough to be passing through Racine, Wisconsin on March 10, take time out to hear Mike Davis at the annual Bix Fest. Bix Beiderbecke was born March 10,1903. 


Patti said...

Bebop Spoken Here readers can hear young Mike do his stuff at the annual Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party in Newcastle this November - assuming they're not all flying over to Chicago in the next few days! This tremendous CD can be purchased from the CD Baby website.

Richard Waddington said...

Presumably anyone who's going to Chicago over the next few days will be back in time for november.

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