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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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Diachronicx @ The Bridge Hotel. January 25

Gabriele Heller (voice & electronics) & Steve Glendinning (guitar).
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Arriving near the end of the first set (delayed train from Darlington), this is, effectively, a brief review of Heller and Glendinning’s second set. Ascending the stairs with a tip-top pint of Schiehallion, Ms Heller could be heard on stage in blues to bossa mode (guitarist Glendinning seated, fleetingly recalling Joe Pass). Honey Bee (a sailing blues said Heller) wailed Sail on, sail on my little Honey Bee, sail on, Hmmm. Excellent blues feel.



The audience? “Select” isn’t the word. Downstairs one lone drinker propped up the bar (a quiet night at the Bridge), upstairs he (the lone drinker below) was outnumbered, but only just. Interval chatter about cameras (landscape or portrait, camera phones etc) with house photographer Ken Drew. Heller opened the second set with Queen. Hmmm. Nature Boy (another ubiquitous tune), then an original piece – True Love – and Weill’s Speak Low (Heller’s milleu) heard GH at her best with an intriguing and highly effective use of two  walkie-talkies. Glendinning’s jazz guitar credentials acted as an effective counterpoint to Heller’s committed agit-prop approach, exposing the political undertones in tunes written and/or performed by Billie Holiday, Kurt Weill and others.
Diachronicx was a Splinter at the Bridge promotion. Note to Tyneside jazz fans…Sunday night, Bridge Hotel, eight o’clock. Be honest, what was on the telly last night? Nothing is a good guess.   
Russell.      

1 comment :

Ann Alex said...

What brilliant photography!

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