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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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CD Review: Paul Jones - Short History.

Paul Jones (ten); Alex LoRe (alt); Sullivan  Fortner (pno); Matt Davis (gtr); Johannes Felscher (bs); Jimmy MacBride (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Not to be confused with the legendary British bluesman or the old-tyme party dance, this Paul Jones is a New York based saxophonist who plays two nights at Ronnie Scott's next week (Feb.18/19) with the Tim Thornton Quartet. On the strength of this, his début  album, I'd suggest that anyone who lives  within the sound of Bow bells (and beyond) get themselves along to Frith St. - particularly if they have a leaning towards gutsy modern tenor playing.
Eight tracks of mainly original compositions by the leader, the exceptions being I Could Write a Book and Victor Lewis' Hey, it's me You're Talking to, played by five musicians who display a rare empathy both in arranged and improvised passages. At times the intensity builds to near boiling point whilst at other times it relaxes in a meandering sort of way without losing the plot.
If the late lamented proprietor of Ronnie's is looking down from that betting shop in the sky next week he will be delighted to note that the present management is reviving the tradition that he started over 50 years ago when Zoot Sims played at the club - that of presenting top American tenor players.
Paul Jones lives up to that tradition as well as absorbing more recent developments along the way (he's still only 31).
Not that this is a one man show. LoRe is an alto player to reckon with, Fortner and Davis are excellent soloists, MacBride has the drive needed in a group like this and Felscher is a top drawer bassman.
An album to check out.Currently available on Blujazz BL3418.
Lance.

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