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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CD Review: Lisa Bassenge - Canyon Songs

Lisa Bassenge (vcl); Till Brönner (tpt); Pete Kuzma (B3/el.pno); Steve Tavaglione (ewi/keys); Vinnie Colaiuta (dms); Dan Lutz (bs); Freddy Koella (gtr/vln); Larry Klein (el perc/vbs).
(Review by Lance).
A strange, yet compelling, album by Berlin based Bassenge. A program of jazz covers selected from tunes by The Doors; The Beach Boys; James Taylor; Buffalo Springfield; Tom Waits; Shuggie Otis; Stephen Stills; Rickie Lee Jones; Joni Mitchell and others. Although Bassenge is based in Berlin, Blue Skies has nothing to do with Irving Berlin! This is one of two Tom Waits numbers - All Stripped Down is the other.
The basis of the album is a selection of songs inspired by the landscape and atmosphere of Los Angeles and Southern California.
At first I found it difficult to describe it as a jazz album but, after listening a couple of times I found it even more difficult not to describe it as a jazz album! Certainly Till Brönner's Milesian trumpet playing is as plaintive and as emotional a tug at the heart strings as I've heard from any contemporary jazz trumpet player and Bassenge has that smoky quality to her voice that so many of the greats have be it Peggy Lee or Melody Gardot or, indeed, wor (local dialect) own  Lindsay Hannon and Zoë Gilby. 
Bassenge is working the same side of der straße as  Lindsay and Zoë  and I'm sure our girls will like this disc. Conversely, I think Bassenge would recognise their status too!
Now available on MPS - Germany's major jazz label. I'm in the dilemma of not being sure if I want to take a holiday in Berlin or Southern California!
Tracks: Riders on the Storm; Angeles; Aht Uh Mi Hef; All Stripped Down; For What It's Worth; The Last Chance Texaco; The Same Situation; Searching for a Heart; Her Town Too; I Just Wasn't Made For These Times; Blue Skies.
Lance.
NB: Our regular vocal reviewer, Ann Alex, passed this one by, unheard - nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!

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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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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.)
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