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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

EP Review: Nicky Schrire - To The Spring.

Nicky Schrire  (voice); Fabian Almazan (piano); Desmond White (double bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
New York based Nicky Schrire has issued this EP as a follow–up to last year’s CD Space And Time.  The EP consists of 6 songs, music, lyrics, arrangements and production all by Ms Schrire, who trained as a jazz singer and who has performed in the USA and various parts of the world.  The songs do not have standard jazz arrangements however, but are more fragmented, yet with lots of solos for the pianist who is well up to the job.  
The voice is sweet and light, with operatic effects rather than scat improvisation or vocalese.  For instance, most of the songs are sung more or less straight, with the second half of the performance done in wordless, but operatic style. I enjoyed the performances, although I think this technique would have sounded overdone on a full length CD.  Someone told me that he found the songs too ‘emotional’ but I consider that Ms Schrire just keeps to the near side of acceptability.
Traveler is all about being on the road and separated from someone you love; Your Love has Ms Schrire  harmonising with herself, showing hints of the singing of Joni Mitchell; To The Spring begins with a fine instrumental from piano and bass, and allows our singer to show her wide vocal range; Fall Apart  is an adventurous, heartfelt song which reminded me of the singing of local band Iceni; Father is an interesting reflection about a father picking fruit from his trees; and Give It Away concerns warnings about giving love away too easily.
If you fancy a trip to the USA, there is an EP release performance on March 25th at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village, NY, with different musicians, and the EP release date is today, March 11.  (digital only).
Ann Alex

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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