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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Terell Stafford: “I came to jazz very late, in my second year of graduate school at Rutgers University. I thought pursuing it would make me a better classical trumpet player.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Today Monday November 30

Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Pizza Express, Dean St., Newcastle NE1 1PG. 8pm. No cover charge.
Blue Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm.

Monday, March 11, 2013

CD Review: Olivia Foschi - Perennial Dreamer.

Olivia Foschi – voice; Miki Hayama – keys; Michael Olatuja – bass; David Rosenthal – guitar; Ulysses Owens Jr – drums.
(Review by Debra Milne.)
Olivia Foschi (Foo-Ski) spent several years developing her jazz voice in the US and in Italy, in the process of which she met drummer, and Perennial Dreamer’s producer, Ulysses Owens Jr. Owens has an impressive resumé, having played with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, and Kurt Elling, with whom he won a Grammy for his work on the album ‘Dedicated To You’ in 2010.  More recently, he has taken to producing a number of emerging vocalists, including Foschi.  
Most of the album’s songs are original, with a few additional numbers including two Italian tunes. The lyrics are thoughtful and well written, and the music has a contemporary jazz feel, whilst drawing on jazz tradition. Her ensemble of established, highly regarded musicians is extremely sympathetic, and the dynamic arrangements provide opportunities for all the instrumentalists, notably in the opening number Here’s That Rainy Day, and in Everything Happens To Me, both of which have great harmonica by Gregoire Manet. Daydream, a beautiful ballad in which Foschi dwells on memories of love, features Mike Cottone, with a tender, sweet-toned solo on flugel horn. Alone Together is the most up tempo and rhythmic number, which culminates when the bass, piano and vocal riffs come together as a backdrop to a driving drum solo. The selection of instrumentalists in particular tracks accentuates the stylistic breadth of the album: Foschi and the piano trio really get swinging in I Adore You; in contrast, the bossa My Ideal, a duet with guitarist David Rosenthal, highlights Foschi’s warm clear tone throughout her vocal range, and also her relaxed, rhythmic scatting style. Altogether, an outstanding début album.
Self released March 11, 2013
Debra M.

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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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