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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

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

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Blues - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Saturday, August 11, 2012

CD Review: Michael Feinberg Quintet - THE ELVIN JONES PROJECT

Michael Feinberg (bs); Billy Hart (dms); George Garzone (saxes); Tim Hagans (tpt); Leo Genovese (keys); Alex Wintz (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
The Elvin Jones Project, not surprisingly, is a tribute to the late Elvin Jones by bassist/composer Michael Feinberg who concentrates on the musical relationships Jones formed with various bass players. 
Given that Jones operated very close to the outside this disc hovers in the hinterlands between madness and sanity. I'm pleased to say the latter, more or less, prevails.
Billy Hart substitutes most effectively for Elvin - Hart is a great drummer in his own right - and Feinberg was happy with the choice. "He can bang the shit out of a drum."
It's an emotional disc full of passion and excitement as well as deep listening moments. The only thing this disc isn't is boring!
Trumpet and tenor have some great moments and guest guitarist Wintz shines on Frank Foster's The Unknighted Nations. Hagens suggests how.Clifford Brown may have sounded had he been alive today.
Nancy (With the laughing face) sees the leader playing arco bass on the melody before Genovese opens it up. The keyboard man has his way with Nancy before handing her back to Feinberg. Nancy, on Coltrane's ballad album with Jones on drums, was a classic rendition. I'd venture the opinion that this one is too. Given her parentage, Nancy deserved nothing but the best and she got it from her dad, from Coltrane and Elvin, and she certainly got it here.
Feinberg tours stateside in September but, sadly,  not UK. 
Michael Feinberg THE ELVIN JONES PROJECT is available on Sunnyside Records
Lance.

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