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Russell Malone: "I remember coming home from school every day and heading straight for the record player to listen to Wes [Montgomery]. I tried to lift what I could from his playing. My homework always came later." (DownBeat July 1999).

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Today Friday February 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Nik Svarc Steve Hanley Martin Longhawn - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Hot Club du Nord - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Classic Swing Fri 15 Feb, Mar 1, Mar 15 - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Avenue, West Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club. Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00

Anna Reay & Deon Krishnan - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 3865556. 7pm. Book in advance.

Blues

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Carter & Fitch, George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 8:00pm.

Cedric Burnside + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor - Cluny 2, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £12.50. + £1.25 bf.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Black Bull - July 19

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
You and the Night and the Music, Old Devil Moon, A Love That Never Dies (composer Lambert) and Lullaby (comp. Shoulder). Classic songs, familiar material; the latter two known to those who’ve heard Ruth Lambert give her master class in the art of intimate jazz singing. This ‘audience with’ occasion was at a select gathering in the Black Bull, Blaydon.
Ruth Lambert the artist has hit upon the right chemistry in working in a trio format with guitarist Giles Strong and bassist Mick Shoulder. Sensitivity, knowing what to play and, crucially, when not to play, are precious qualities and the string players possess them in abundance. Skylark, arguably Lambert’s signature tune, and, without doubt, one of your reviewer’s Desert Island selections, was as near to perfection as one could wish to hear.
Guitarist Strong, playing archtop and classical guitars, writes songs and at this Blaydon Jazz Club concert Lambert sang Everything Was Beautiful, the rapt audience picking-up on the past tense; a love affair at an end, perhaps regretful. Devil May Care swung with panache; 1920s material that Lambert will hopefully be doing into the 2020s! Fabulous phrasing, Strong’s magical accompaniment. More nonchalance – don’t try this at home folks! – with I’ve Got the World on a String (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler), to So Tell Me (comp. Lambert-Shoulder) to a dark, affecting interpretation of  Love For Sale.
Lambert lightened the mood with a couple of swinging, up tempo numbers – Caravan, then You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To – with the string players taking fine solos. A fantastic evening drew to a close with Lambert confiding: I Fall in Love Too Easily. A swinging Time After Time – relaxed lower register, then effortless soaring vocals – saw us on our way. Next month (Aug 16) Blaydon Jazz Club presents one of the best piano trios working in jazz today. The Paul Edis Trio will be playing music written by, and associated with, Duke Ellington.            
Russell.

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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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