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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 Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CD Review: Eyeshutight – Resonance

Johnny Tomlinson (piano & keyboards), Paul Baxter (double bass) & Kristoffer Wright (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Eyeshutight (Eyes Shut Tight) hit the road mid-October to promote their third album. Resonance resonates with the quiet, reflective approach adopted and refined by a tour-hardened, working trio. Formed in 2010 by bassist Paul Baxter, Eyeshutight draw on myriad influences; twentieth century classical composition, contemporary pop and the inevitable cult of small group jazz outfits – Keith Jarrett, the Bad Plus, EST.
Eight tracks recorded at Valleywood Studios, Leeds present a cohesive musical vision. The title track – Resonance – opens the album with typical understatement. A stillness permeates the writing; focused, deliberate, the melody marinating in the ether. Johnny Tomlinson’s piano statements emerge blinking into the sunlight on several tracks then never overplaying his hand, take refuge in the shade. Kristoffer Wright’s drumming is that of a percussionist, adapting his fulsome technique to the trio sound (deploying the use of mallets with great sensitivity) and Baxter is the least demonstrative of bassists – the quiet essence of the music.
Several tracks have been heard in concert and this recording presents (and documents) the trio’s musical development to date. The Precipice crackles with restrained power, a use of keyboards alongside acoustic piano adds to Tomlinson’s palette throughout the recording and repeated listening to Resonance will reward the attentive listener.
Resonance is released by Hungry Bear Records (HBR001) on 21 October 2014. The trio can be heard on tour during October and November (inc. the Jazz Café, Newcastle, October 24).                 
Russell.

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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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