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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CD Review: Pamela York - Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals.

Pamela York (pno); Lynn Seaton (bs); Sebastian Whittaker (dms); Andre Hayward (tmb on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance)
A delightful vignette that shows Ms York to be a talented and tasteful pianist - also a spiritual one. The eleven tracks all have sacred, often familiar, themes yet there is nothing sacrilegious about the performance. The lady treats the tunes with respect adding her improvisations in a delicate yet meaningful way.

Tracks: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, I Know That My Redeemer Lives - Glory, Be Thou My Vision (better known to us as The Ash Grove), He Leadeth Me, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Were You There?, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less. Ain't-a that good News?, Deep River, Soon I Will Be Done. 
As well as Pamela York, bass and drums are superb throughout. Seaton solid and dependable, Whittaker giving it a sanctified boot when needed. Divine inspiration or musical savvy? 
Just a Closer Walk and Soon I Will Be Done are features for trombonist Hayward who is possibly a modern disciple of JC - Higginbottom that is.
I like this disc - in fact I like it very much. Perhaps it's the aftermath of yesterday's funeral but it's the perfect disc to bring me back to the real world.
Pamela, I'd dig your church any time if you were putting down stuff like this.
Bloggers, I don't care what your religious persuasion is or if you're a born again atheist - this is a rather beautiful disc.
Pamela York - Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals is now available on the Jazzful Heart label.
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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