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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CD Review: Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things.

Leslie Pintchik (pno); Steve Wilson (alt/sop); Ron Horton (tpt/flug); Scott Hardy (bs); Michael Sarin (dms); Satoshi Takeishi (perc).
(Review by Lance).
So many review CDs come through the letterbox that I've had to replace the mat in the hall and the postman is complaining of a bad back so I hope those who have sent CDs for review will understand if they don't get reviewed immediately or even ever!
This disc is such a one that most undeservedly got shuffled back down the deck. Not any longer! It's a cracker!
Leslie Pintchik came to jazz after first teaching English Literature and receiving a Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth century English Literature! The lady can read words as well as music!
Whilst I'm impressed by all this learnin' stuff, I'm even more knocked out by her pianistic, composing and arranging skills.
The compositions are magic, you feel you know these tunes even though you've never heard them before and plagiarism doesn't even enter into it - these are hers and no-one else's! Leslie's interpretation of the one non original,  I've Grown Accustomed to her Face, is on a par with the classic Andre Previn version.
There are so many names bandied around these days - both here and "across the pond" - that genuine, straight down the middle players, usually immensely more talented than the jazzarati, get overlooked.
I'd like to think that Pintchik wasn't such a victim. The jazz of tomorrow can only be as good as the jazz of today if the jazz of today is as good as the jazz of yesterday. This disc bears comparision with the jazz of any day...
It's a disc to listen to and enjoy, not only the lady's piano and her compositions,
but also the fine solos by Wilson and Horton.
If we operated a 5 star system this would be ****.
Lance. 

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