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Jan Garbarek: "He [Dexter Gordon] was like the King of Scandanavia" (Jazz Review May 2002).

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Dave Gelly: “He [Dexter Gordon] played with immense deliberation and calm authority and knew how to wear a suit better than anyone else in the business.– (Stan Getz - Nobody Else But Me by Dave Gelly, Backbeat Books 2002).

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Today Saturday December 3

Afternoon

Yorkshire Stompers - St Augustine's, Larchfield Tce., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.

Jambone - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 1:30pm. £5. 01289 330999.

Evening

Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £32 (inc. food). 0191 2584111. Volunteer Lifeboat Brigade charity event.

James Birkett (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Zoe Gilby - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 7.pm 0191 2331010.

Rendezvous Jazz - The Sandpiper, Farringdon Rd., Cullercoats NE30 3ER. 8:30pm. £3.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 1QL. 8pm.

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

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Jambone @ St James’ & St Basil’s Church. Dec 2

(Review by Russell)
Jambone, Sage Gateshead’s youth jazz ensemble performed in concert in a church setting on Friday evening. St James’ and St Basil’s in Fenham, Newcastle welcomed an audience of family, friends and supporters of the band on a rain-swept night. Wine and nibbles and, perhaps surprisingly, an above-freezing venue augured well.
Jambone’s Musical Director, Dr Paul Edis played an introductory solo composition at his well-travelled keyboard. The church piano stood idly by – perhaps it wasn’t up to scratch. Montage (comp P. Edis) focused the collective mind of the congregation. The Jamboners were champing at the bit and a couple of them stepped forward to join Edis to play on the evergreen On Green Dolphin Street

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.

CD Review: Leandro Cabral Trio - Alfa

Leandro Cabral (piano); Sidiel Vieira (bass); Vitor Cabral (drums) + V.anessa Moreno (vocal); Cássio Ferreira (alto)
(Review by Lance).
For some unknown reason, maybe it was the packaging, I thought this was an ECM release.
Four bars in I knew it wasn't!
Absolutely delightful example of today's Brazillian jazz.
Cabral, a young pianist based in Sao Paolo, is a real find. Sensitive, explorative and, behind Vanessa Moreno, as sympathetic an accompanist as any singer could wish for - and Moreno isn't just 'any singer' but a sultry serenader reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto. The addition of Cássia Ferreira on sax adds to the ambiance of the track.

Friday, December 02, 2016

BABMUS return to Jazz Café

Here's news of a new twice-monthly Thursday night session at the Jazz Cafe. Because of existing one-off events already in the diary it will take a month or two for a regular programme to get underway on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.


BABMUS Presents..... 
Thursday 26th January & Thursday 9th February at 8.00pm - The Tom Bearpark Quintet and guests. Young musicians from the Sage BMus and BA degree courses. Admission at the door £3.00 full price & £2.00 students / MU members. Upstairs in the Jazz Café on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.
Dave Clark (photo Mike Tilley).

Alter Ego @ Empty Shop, Durham - November 29

Keith Robinson (alto), Niall Armstrong (tenor, flute), Dave Hignott (trumpet, flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (keys), Tony Abell (bass), David Francis (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
In an attempt to keep the wife from the door, that's the exit, and with so much going on over the next three weeks, I decided to make this gig one [set] only. I thought musicians/promoters gave our bank accounts a break in December! 
I wasn't sure if I'd seen this band before and I'm still not; maybe I saw them under another name. I'll get my coat.
With natives of places like Blyth and wildest Northumberland on stage, I felt like a Teessider in need of a translator. This linguistic problem was remedied by a set list handed over in the interval. Beauty became Budini, Don't Leave Paris became Dog Leap Bounce. Thereafter I seemed to get the hang of it.  

Paul James Band w. Laura Adam 'Sisters of Swing' - Sage Gateshead December 1.

(Review by Lance).
A celebration of the GASbook as performed by divas past [mostly] and present delivered in true show biz fashion by the exquisitely gowned Laura Adams and the immaculately tailored  Paul James Band.
The Divas were Ella, Sassy, Peggy, Julie, Nina, Natalie, Dinah W, Etta, Diane (Reeves) and Judy - apologies ladies if I've missed anyone out. 
Wisely, although using arrangements adapted from the originals, Adams didn't attempt note for note cloning but, instead, did it 'her way'. 
This was a two-edged sword. At Last wasn't quite the showstopper it should have been to close the first set whilst Over the Rainbow that concluded the second set most certainly was - even Judy Garland would have been pushed to match this rendition.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Line-Up Revealed For Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017

(Press Release)
The global reach of jazz and the sheer range of music in today’s jazz scene are the threads that run through Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017. The festival presents a dynamic mix of artists from Cuba, South Africa, Cameroon and throughout Europe alongside diversely talented artists from the UK and USA. Whilst the classic jazz tradition and the swinging sounds of the jazz big band remains at the heart of the weekend, next year’s festival also reflects the way that new generations of artists are telling the story of an ever-changing jazz landscape. The festival, the UK’s biggest held under one roof, fills four stages at Sage Gateshead from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2017. Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 December.

Sage Gateshead: Sisters of Swing, Barber and Major Miller

(Previews by Russell)
Tonight (December 1) at Sage Gateshead Laura Adams and the Paul James Band pay tribute to the Great American Songbook. Vocalist Adams, and bandleader and bassist Paul James, enjoy a high reputation at prestigious venues throughout the region and beyond as a polished, professional act whatever the occasion. In Sage Two (it’s going to be a full house – be quick, telephone the ticket office 0191 433 4661) at eight o’clock Adams, James and the band will present Sisters of Swing, a salute to the women who put the Great American Songbook on the map. And, the evening’s entertainment will raise a bucket full of money for Macmillan Cancer Nurses.

CD Review: Andrea Claburn - Nightshade

(Review by Ann Alex).
After 10 years of performing, studying and teaching, songwriter, arranger and vocalist, Andrea Claburn has finally recorded her first album.  ‘Frisco based Claburn studied jazz in California, as well as performing throughout the Bay area and further afield.  Nightshade is made up of 5 original songs by Claburn and 7 fresh interpretations of jazz standards and all except 1 track have been arranged by our singer.  All the instrumentalists are said to be world-class, and although I’m not familiar with their names, they all sound well up to the mark and beyond.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Album of the Year

Over 200 albums have made it to our review pages as we approach the end of November. There were at least twice that number which didn't reach the review stage. Some of them were good, some were very good and some were not so good, Nevertheless, all were worthy of mention. However, time and tide, as the saying goes, doesn't hang around.
So I'm not even going to attempt an Album of the Year. The music has just been so good that rating one above the other would, not only be beyond me but an insult to those bands/artists who missed the cut.
Having said all that, one album  that must be mentioned is one you can't buy and may, by now, be a collector's item I'm talking about Colin Aitchison's lovingly produced tribute to his dad. A compilation of trumpet player Hughie Aitchison playing and recording with various Tyneside bands.
Records like this are Hors Categorie.
Lance.

Time Change Next Friday @ the Caff.

Ayanna Witter Johnson, cellist, pianist,,singer - songwriter and the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem will be starting her show at the Jazz Cafe on December 9 at the earlier than advertised time of 7.00pm instead of 9.00pm. 
Ayanna, who cut her musical teeth in projects led by Jason Yarde alongside Julian Siegel, Seb Rochford and Neil Charles, went on to be featured artist in Courtney Pine's Afropeans and to tour internationally with Laura Mvula, Norah Jones and others.
Tickets from the Cafe on 0191 222 9882.
Also, a reminder that, this coming Friday (December 2), Paul Gowland and Caroline Gruell replace the previously advertised pairing of Pete Gilligan and Alice Grace.
This one does start at 9pm and admission is free.
Lance.

Tom Harrison Quintet featuring Cleveland Watkiss @ Hull Jazz Festival Winter Edition - November 19

Cleveland Watkiss : Vocals.  David Lyttle : Drums. Daniel Casimir: Double Bass. Tom Harrison : Sax. Robert Mitchell: Piano
(Lyrical review by Annie O'Donnell).

They walk on silently, soldiers of music
picking up their instruments to explore
The terrain of Ellington & Strayhorn
In the theatre of jazz,
producing elephant vocals with the lamenting
jungle wail of Harrison's Sax...
no howdy do or Hellos
from these bros.
serious music is what they're here to do
and no time was wasted in this concert
by " musings " ,
A musician plays
and this is what they did...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CD Review: Duncan Lamont Big Band featuring Kenny Wheeler - As if by Magic

 (Review by Lance).
I can’t say that I ever watched the animated television series, Mr. Benn. Although shown in the 1970s, I’d never actually heard of it until now!
However, having long been a fan of Duncan Lamont – his Young Person’s Guide to the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is a classic and I just wish I could find my copy to play it again (anyone out there got a copy?)
Lamont (senior) wrote the original music for the Mr Benn series and, going by this 2011 recording, his talents as a composer and arranger haven't diminished.

Tea For Two please.

After viewing Fenwick's legendary Christmas window and completing your shopping you'll probably feel like having a cup of tea in Fenwick's Terrace Tearoom. As you sip your Earl Grey you may also care to reflect upon the musical history of the restaurant.
In the early '20s Billy Ternent was the resident bandleader and in 1927  Jos Q. Atkinson took over whilst, in the postwar years, clarinetist Willie Walker was at the helm.
Colin Aitchison kindly sent me this snippet from the May edition of Melody Maker.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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