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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

North East Jazz Celebration Part 3: Zoe Gilby Quartet - June 25

Zoe Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex - photo by Jerry Edis.)
This part of the gig impressed mightily from the start.  Love For Sale intoned Zoe, with feeling, bringing out the whole meaning, about a woman with a ruined life, not an easy song to put across.  And Zoe looked stunning in a short blue dress patterned with red roses and white colours (bought in China, many a woman in the audience must have wondered?)  
The musicians were right ‘on the money’, as my bebop colleagues say, but we expect no less from these three. The band’s next album is out soon, but tonight we were to hear mainly songs from the 2 previous CD’s, such as Song For You, a love song without the drums, a band not afraid to take a risk.  Then came a delightful version of Nice Work If You Can Get It, with just voice and bass, lots of tricky verbalising and scat and a long coda of repeated ‘how do you do it’.
Next came an original, showing that Zoe and Andy are no mean songwriters. On The Edge, about a woman stalker, with Richard providing an ominous steady drumbeat; and Monk’s Straight No Chaser, from the singing of Carmen Mcrae, Zoe’s favourite singer, with a scat chorus where our singer just about turns herself into a saxophone.  There followed two more original songs, a song of lost love Your Words (quote ‘why does this fire feel so cold’) and a delightful jazz waltz Eleanor, a love song for Andy’s young daughter.  And to close the concert romantically, a track from the new album(Twelve Stories), a song called Marrakesh, ‘the red city’ where Andy and Zoe spent their honeymoon, wandering the chaotic streets and markets, so the song gives a graphic list of the sights and sounds and even the food.  The band was superb for this number, with Andy opening with an Arabic-type tune, and then the whole band going eastern, and yet a quiet fading-out ending.  All held together with friendly chat from Zoe, a fitting finale to an excellent evening.    
Ann Alex.

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