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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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Dave Weisser Orchestra @ The Chillingham. February 18

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Helen Walker (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Mike Clarke (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums) & Ian Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Another Wednesday night at the Chilli. Not quite. Much to the surprise and delight of workshop leader Dave Weisser a mini orchestra assembled before his very eyes. The regular participants were in attendance, one or two old hands showed up and two new sitters-in walked in.

And What if I Don’t? (Herbie Hancock). Solos all. In walked Matthew MacKellar, the ever-obliging Norman Redhead stepped aside. Round Midnight (potentially a tired old warhorse) sparkled; multi-coloured horns, MacKellar’s brushes, Ray Johnson’s flugel and Weisser’s classy vocals. Dinji heard Weisser singing once again and the first of the newcomers, Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), announced her arrival in no uncertain terms. Don Forbes sat in and out, much of the time content to listen to his fellow brass players.
Boplicity (a nice number for brass and reeds) featured Johnson, Enever and a first solo of the night from bassist Mike Clarke. Miles’ Four (a Take it to the Bridge staple) heard not one, not two, not three, but four trumpets – Ray Johnson leading off, then the lyricism of Don Forbes, then the sight-reading Helen Walker and, of course Dave Weisser – and an off-the-cuff Weisser vocal fours with the sharp-eared MacKellar (rat-a-tat-tat rimshots for good measure!).
Trumpets (Forbes and Johnson, the muted Weisser), Rachel Richman’s alto, a piano trio work-out and MacKellar dispatching fours to the boundary dealt with Nardis. MacKellar gave way to Forbes I. Mr Ian Forbes got his mojo (hi hat) workin’ on Nostagia in Times Square and Nica’s Dream. Time was getting on. Weisser to Clarke: ‘Is that your pint?’ Clarke to Weisser: ‘No.’ Weisser: ‘Good! It must be mine.’ Israel. A hunched-over Mike Clarke peered at the dots, more soprano from Enever, more alto from Richman. No two sessions are alike at the Chilli. This week’s was a good one. More next week.                   Russell.

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