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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 Friday April 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CD Review: Wildflower Sextet - Wildflower

Matt Anderson (ten); Laura Jurd (tpt); Alex Munk (gtr); Jamil Sheriff (pno); Sam Vicary (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Although Leeds based, all the above guys are well known on the  Newcastle scene having appeared with each other (and others) in various formats - indeed trumpet player Jurd is at the Black Swan next Tuesday (Jan 27) with her own septet. So, listening to this Wayne Shorter inspired CD, I knew what to expect - or did I?
Having been sent to sleep by Shorter at The Barbican a couple of years back I was prepared to pass this on to one of my colleagues but, out of respect for Matt, I stuck it on the player...
I didn't fall sleep! In fact I was knocked out but not in a zzzzzzzzzzz fashion! This kept me wide awake!
Anderson doesn't attempt to emulate Shorter but blows his own thing in a manner that I'm sure Shorter would approve of.
Ms Jurd eschews the bravura macho mode of trumpet playing for an attractive lyrical take and guitarist Munk provides an additional solo voice. Shariff and the two Sams deliver no less than you would expect of them and quite often more!
The album isn't released until March 9, my birthday, and if I didn't already have a review copy this would be high on my present list - available upon request!
The band tour throughout February but the nearest they get to the north east on this tour is Zeffirelli's in the north west (Ambleside) although they did play the Lit and Phil last year.
Tour details/YouTube tracks.
Lance.

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