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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 18, 2012

CD Review: Clara Ponty "Into The Light"

Clara Ponty (piano and vocals) various musicians, and featuring Jean-Luc Ponty and Nigel Kennedy (violins) 
Lyrics mostly by Mike McGurk.  Produced and Arranged by Stuart Bruce and Clara Ponty.
(Review by Ann Alex.)
This is a hard-to-classify CD, it isn’t out and out jazz as there’s not a lot of improvising, (at least I think not) but it’s very pleasing to listen to and I suspect that it will grow in interest the more you play it. The songs would go well with a sub-titled French film, songs that sound more lightweight than they really are, sung in a light sweet voice, with every word crystal clear. To call the music rock or pop isn’t adequate, and the sleeve notes mention elements of pop, jazz, classical, Celtic, West African and folk, as well as influences of such as Debussy and Steve Reich, though I didn’t hear any hints of that latter avant-garde composer.
Clara Ponty, daughter of French jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, is a skilled songstress and classically influenced pianist, blending her music beautifully with bass, drums, violins, guitar and even an occasional well modulated trumpet. Many of the lyrics are striking, such as:
Deep in the games of men
I see that sword and pen
Both claiming they have won
Shake hands and turn
Their backs again
The songs cover areas such as spiritual paths, aspects of modern life and relationships. Play this CD at your next party to please your guests, but when they’ve gone home, don’t fail to play it again and listen carefully, especially to Like A Dandelion, with the trumpet; the folk influenced The Path; Spinning Wheels (the music does actually spin) and the very jazzy instrumental Coeur a Coeur. I look forward to playing this again many times for enjoyment, not just so that I can write a review!
Ann Alex.

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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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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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