Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
CD Review: Nick Finzer - The Chase
Nick Finzer (tmb); Lucas Pino (ten/clt); Alex Wintz (gtr); Glenn Zaleski (pno); Dave Baron (bs); Jimmy MacBride (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A nice, easy contemporary album that doesn't seek to rewrite history nor to forecast the future. The rhythm section tells us we're firmly in the 21st century the horns, however, and to their credit, stick to the time honoured values so beloved of their predecessors. This is the perfect mix with Finzer taking the trombone up front rather than being in the, albeit boisterous, ingénue role it has often been cast in the past.
And he's a worthy ambassador for the sliders; a rich tone, agility, some earthy plunger moments serve and the eleven compositions he composed and arranged for this enjoyable album serve
to rubber stamp Finzer's credentials.
Alongside, Pino is cucumber cool both on saxes and some explorative clarinet moments. Wintz, Zaleski, Baron and MacBride keep the boat afloat making this particular chase a sextuple dead heat! Listen/buy here. Lance.
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.)