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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CD Review: Carter Calvert – It’s a Man’s World.

(Review by Minnie F)
 American vocalist Calvert sings songs made famous by male artists on this album “re-imagined and sung from a woman’s point of view”.  Although this may sound like a bit of a gimmick, it is successful due to the power of Calvert’s rich vocals and arrangements by Laurence Hobgood and Joshua Bowlus.  Tracks include songs originally sung by artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, The Police and The Beatles.  Carter’s voice is strong and melodic, but some may think it would lend itself more to pop than jazz.  
However, the great strength of this album is the accompaniment; Calvert has surrounded herself with some really excellent musicians.  Joel Frahm’s brilliant sax playing and Marco Panascia’s bass on It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World originally by James Brown are well worth the listen.  Other up-beat songs include Elton John’s Take me to the Pilot and Ray Charles’ Hallelujah, I love him so which are made by the excellent David Rosenthal’s guitar, Ben Williams bass and Ulysses Owens’ drumming.  These are just examples of the quality of musicianship on the album where Calvert is accompanied by two different bands, both equally impressive.
A number of these songs are considerably different to their original versions, and the difference is much more than just the gender of the singer.  The second track, John Lee Hooker’s I’m in the Mood is probably the best for those wanting to hear some real jazz treatment with Williams’ catchy bass and Rosenthal’s prodigious guitar joined by an accomplished horn section consisting of Daniel Dickinson on alto sax, the aptly named Alphonso Horne on trumpet and Eric Miller on trombone. The final track is Let it Be which starts off almost unaccompanied, with only sparse playing from Hobgood’s piano, but the accompaniment builds up gradually towards the ultimate reward of a soaring sax solo from Frahm.
It is a diverse range of songs and styles such as blues, motown and pop, which are given the jazz treatment by virtue of the arrangement and accompaniment.  While some are more successful than others, over all this is a good, enjoyable album which is well produced with excellent musicianship.
Minnie.
Carter Calvert - voice; Joshua Bowlus – piano/Arrangements; Ben Williams – bass; Ulysses Owens Jr. – Drums; Daniel Dickinson - Alto Sax; Alphonso Horne – Trumpet; Eric Miller – Trombone; David Rosenthal – Guitar.
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Carter Calvert - voice; Joel Frahm - Tenor & Soprano Sax; Laurence Hobgood – Piano/Arrangements; Marco Panascia – Bass; Ulysses Owens Jr. – Drums + Damon Mack - B3 Hammond Organ (On Let It Be.)
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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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