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Jane Monheit: “She [Cécile McLorin Salvant] has a beautiful style that’s reminiscent of the greats but is unique to her – a seamless mix of traditional and modern. It’s uncanny that she knows exactly who she is at an age where no one does.” – (Down Beat May 2015).
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Burt Bacharach: "It was the same thing with Sinatra and the Count Basie band, with Quincy Jones producing. They did Wives and Lovers, which is in 3/4 time, but they did it in 4/4. I said, 'Quincy, what happened?' He said: 'The Basie band can’t play in 3/4.' " – (The Guardian May 21.)

Today Sunday May 24

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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HARAMBEE PASADIA - TCR The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. For details see poster in RH column or visit here.
Four day festival organised by Hannabiell and Yilis. On-site camping available. Day 3.
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IAN HARRINGTON - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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DEAN STOCKDALE - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 4pm-7pm.
Sundays are now solo piano with earlier start.
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ANDY BENNETT QUARTET - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2. 01325 394222
One of several new venues for Darlington Jazz Club. If you're struggling to keep up with this floating jazz club - don't worry, so am I! However today's the day for this month and features a great alto sax player.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
A jam aimed at encouraging the less experienced player giving listeners a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly - Back June 14.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Today's the day!
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly - Back June 7.
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Evening.
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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- Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Back June 28
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
Monthly - Back June 7.
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TRAD JAZZ - The Globe, Railway St.,Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5. 7pm.
Last Sunday in the month series featuring local trad bands. (NOTE EARLY START!) Back June 28.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

CD Review: Danny Green - A Thousand Ways Home.

Danny Green (pno); Justin Grinnell (bs); Julien Cantelm (dms).; Tripp Sprague (sop/ten) + Eva Scow (mand);  Peter Sprague (gtr); Chico Pinehiro (gtr); Claudia Villela (vcl); Dusty Brough (gtr).
(Review by Lance)
A gem! San Diego based pianist Green is a new name to me even though his debut album With You in Mind won the San Diego Music Awards for Best Jazz Album. I haven't heard that album but if it's half as good as this one it must have walked off with the prize 64 bars ahead of the rest!

Green is a swingy pianist with strong evidence of his classical background seeping through - at times I could detect a whiff of Jacques Loussier. Nothing wrong with that except Green doesn't rely on JSB for his material - he writes his own.
Yes originals - often the bane of my life - but these are good catchy, easy to pick up on themes. Track 10 - Back To Work could, with practice, become a repertoire item for any band. Sprague plays the theme on soprano over a Bossa rhythm before taking off on a solo that is verging on perfection - you know what I mean you get the feeling that not one note could be changed. Green's piano solo takes it along at the same high level before going - back to work!
Brazilian vocalist Villela sings Quintal da Solidao with that puckish delivery inherent in so many Brazilian singers. The song could have been written by Jobim but I defy anyone to sing it better than Villela.
The guitarists all have their moments in the sun but the surprise package is Eva Scow. I've never thought highly of mandolins in a jazz setting but Eva knows her way around the instrument and on her four tracks she demonstrates that, in the right hands, the mandolin has a place in jazz.
Love this one but...like just about every CD you get these days - dark text on a slightly darker background makes the notes impossible to read. Still the music makes up for it!
Check out this YouTube sample.
Danny Green - A Thousand Ways Home goes out on the Tapestry Label on October 16.
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.
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