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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - 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.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Belinda Voshtina and Alan Law @ The Jazz Café - July 4

Belinda Voshtina (vcl); Alan Law (pno).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley to follow.)
Belinda Voshtina emerged upon the local scene via low key appearances in student bands (The Henchmen/The Shafafa Trio/Dropping Bombs); blues bands (The Narrators); Latin bands (Burundanga); big bands (Strictly Smokin') and various jam sessions - no doubt there have been others over the past 3 years since graduation. This melting pot of influence and experience provided the multi-lingual singer with the confidence and the ability to handle most gigs even exposed ones such as the Saturday night duo spot at the Jazz Café (Saturday Night is the Noisiest Night of the Week could be the theme song!)
With only Alan Law for support (only?!) Ms. Voshtina gave an assured performance of familiar material in both English and Portuguese.
Songs included Dindi; There Will Never be Another You; Black Orpheus; Georgia on my Mind; Sway; Moondance (a few bars of scatting thrown in); a Sergio Mendes tune (I didn't catch the title); Summertime  (what kept you? I wondered); Comes Love; At Last â la Etta James. This latter number displayed, I felt, the real Belinda Voshtina. A rusty nail, broken bottle edge to her voice, the lady achieved the near impossible - temporarily silencing the barflies! For a Kiss; Autumn Leaves and Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You followed bringing my evening to a close.
An evening that, despite Belinda's beautiful performance, couldn't have happened without the talents of Alan Law. A compelling and inventive soloist and a sensitive and sympathetic accompanist, Alan and Belinda, with minimal (if any) rehearsal, gave those of us with bigger ears and smaller mouths (metaphorically speaking) a very satisfying evening.
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.
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