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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.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

CD Review: Sarah Eden - Bleu Nuit

With her velvet voice, Sarah Eden prompts us to places populated by phantoms and mirages, where nostalgia vibrates like a star shining, refusing to stop...
So, read the blurb.
I listened to the music.
I listened again, and again and again.
I'm still listening...
So, it's sung in French?
I have little French (L’école est un lointain souvenir) however, it doesn't matter. Like an aria that is sung in Italian or the scatting of Ella, it is the sound. Where words and music blend to become an instrumental duo and French has always seemed to lend itself so naturally to jazz.
The opening track, Lady Day, told me from the opening bars that, even though we hadn't even reached the Ides of March, this was likely to be in the shake-up come December 31and my Meilleurs Disques de l'année 2018. When I heard the lyrical trumpet solo by the late Francois Chassagnite likely became certain.
Who is this Sarah Eden?
Born in Morocco, the family move to France after the death of her father where, as a teenager, she takes refuge in reading, dreaming and discovering jazz.
A great opera singer takes her under her wing and teaches her classical singing. At the same time, Sarah finds inspiration from the voices of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Shirley Horn and Ella Fitzgerald.
A regular in the Latin Quarter, visiting Jazz Clubs and Art Cinemas. Writes a lyric for Henri Salvador, records 3 successful albums then takes a fifteen-year sabbatical to raise her son.
But now Sarah Eden is back with Bleu Nuit. Released last month but recorded between 2010 and 2014 with the following musicians:
Sarah Eden (voice and compositions); Marianne Gauté (piano and arrangements); Nicolas Mirande (bass); André Ceccarelli (drums).
Guests: Francois Chassagnite (trumpet 1 & 5); Sylvano Gontard (trumpet 3 & 8); Sébastien Liaddo (trombone 3 & 8); Stanislas Nussac (tenor/soprano sax 2, 3, 7 & 8);Jean-Jacques Milteau (harmonica 4); Jean Alain Roussel (piano - 6); Chris Birkett (guitar, voice 6 & 9; producer, re-mastering album); Ronald Smith & Michael Robinson (choir 6).
String Quartet:Ludovic Passavant, Francoise Villevielle (violins); Nicolas Galiere (viola); Lionel Allemande (cello).
I'm lost for words to describe this but, check out the links below and you'll see where I'm coming from.
My thanks to Lydia of Plaza Mayor. Our combined Franglais produced the above information on what is a remarkable album.

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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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