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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Matana Roberts Quartet - Live Theatre

Matana Roberts (alto), Robert Mitchell (keys), Tom Mason (bs), Chris Vatalaro (dms).
This was something else! Not least the venue which made for a great atmosphere. Not too formal not too loose - just right. The same can be said about the music. It was free, without being out of sight, and formal inasmuch as the pieces were structured - more or less.
Chicago Girl, New York based, Matana blew some great alto; as contemporary as tomorrow yet with respect for tradition. An Ellington/Strayhorn piece saw her in Johnny Hodges mode before later, and earlier, doing some Braxton, Von Freeman. But Matana is no copyist - she is her own girl and proud of it.
The interplay and the theme statements with pianist Mitchell were almost telepathic as they connected every time.
Robert Mitchell also did incredible things soloing - imagine Cecil Taylor playing stride and you're getting close, throw in some Monkian chords and Keith Jarrett technique and you're there - well almost - the man is amazing!
Tom Mason and Chris Vatalaro were less up front but, nevertheless, did their job efficiently subtly anticipating what was going on around them.
In between tunes Matana talked at length on everything from the President of the United States to the difficulty she had getting shoes to fit. The girl is a natural orator!
We were very lucky to see her at Live Theatre - Matana's MySpace lists her as being at The Cluny! - come back soon.
Lance.

2 comments :

Ferdinand said...

Nice to see a page dedicated to jazz in the North East - for more about this gig see my review at http://africpepperbird.blogspot.com/ - happy to exchange links...

Lance said...

The happiness is mutual!

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