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Today Saturday February 23

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Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - 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 25, 2015

Tom Green Septet @ Jazz Café - Feb. 24

Tom Green (tmb); James Davison (tpt/flug); Tommy Andrews(alt/sop); Sam Miles (ten); Sam James (pno); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bs); Scott Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
After hearing the Tom Green Septet's album Skyline  earlier this year (it was in the shake-up for January's CD of the month) I knew there was no way I was going to miss this JNE/Schmazz gig at the Jazz Café.
I wasn't disappointed!
Too much to describe in detail but the arrangements and compositions were varied and imaginative in their successful amalgamation of mood in both ensembles and solos. Picture playing the CD in your bedroom at a volume that would have the neighbours banging on the wall - that's what it was like within the confines of "The Caff's" upper room except these neighbours weren't banging on the wall.
They were clapping their hands and shouting for more!
Particularly impressive were the polyphonic passages with the four horns improvising collectively sometimes with, sometimes without, the rhythm section.
Green produces a sound his illustrious namesake Urbie would have been proud of. Both sax players displayed great dexterity and Davison did the business on trumpet and (mainly) flugel.
We had to wait awhile before pianist James was given his head but patience was rewarded with a finger-busting solo that contained a suggestion of good old stride piano. Likewise Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass and Scott Chapman on drums. Throughout the evening they'd stoked the fire and driven the train but, cometh the hour, the bushel was removed and their talents unleashed in blinding fashion!
If Jason Isaacs was the vocal gig of the month this was surely the instrumental "Oscar" for February!
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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