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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Saturday December 15

Afternoon

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Hatton Gallery, King's Road, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 277 8877. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 2:50pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Concourse, free.

Jambone + Folkestra - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Sage Two, free but ticketed.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Big Band Theory - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 6:30pm. £5.00.

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - The Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. Tel: 0191 265 9602. 7:30pm. £7.50.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:30pm. £12.00. + £1.38. bf.

Strictly Speakeasy - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £20.00. Lindy jazz ‘Snow Ball.

Cozyjo - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Cozyjo) Christmas Cracker.

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

Thursday, January 01, 2015

CD Review: Quadraceratops - Quadraceratops

Cath Roberts – alto saxophone, compositions; Tom Ward – tenor saxophone ; Henry Spencer – trumpet;Magnus Dearness – trombone; Dave O’Brien – keyboards; Jason Simpson – bass; Olly Blackman – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
This is composer and band leader’s Cath Roberts debut album with her septet Quadraceratops named after a fictitious dinosaur who, like the band, has four horns. 
Dinner with Patrick gets the album underway -  a horn dominated rumble which ebbs and flows in almost ‘Mingus’ like fashion. 
Song for the Worker Bee features a hypnotic minimalist Fender Rhodes solo from Dave O’Brien  before the haunting trumpet of Henry Spencer kicks in. The whole track is set against a background of driving drums and bass. Chair-O-Planes has a stirring melody with some solid soloing by Roberts, Dearness than contributes a smashing solo on the trombone before the piece concludes with the same cheery theme by which it had begun. Open Sandwich is carried along by Simpson’s funky double bass another ethereal Rhodes solo from O’Brien cranks up the piece allowing the horns to really  get going. Spiderling is a slower more delicate number with O’Brien on acoustic piano and the horns  providing an erringly  sinister backdrop. Calico is dominated by Spencer’s soaring trumpet with the whole ensemble squawking away together before culminating in a gentle piano led finale. Flying South concludes this album with all soloists getting their chance to shine. Trombonist, Dearness and bass player,  Jason Simpson taking the honours along with drummer Olly Blackman who keeps things going throughout the entire album. 
This a fine piece of modern British jazz with excellent compositions and arrangements from band leader Cath Roberts. I expect the band to get better and better as they play together and imagine they would be a very fine outfit to see live.
Listen/Buy.
Steve H.

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