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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 16, 2015

CD Review: Nancy Lane - Let Me Love You

Nancy Lane (vocals); Kenny Bibace (guitar); Lara Driscoll (piano); Aron Doyle (trumpet, flugelhorn); Francois D’Amours (tenor sax); Mike De Masi (bass); Dave Laing (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Now wouldn’t you suppose that What Is This Thing Called Love? would be sung slowly to convey the sadness of lost love?  Not a bit of it on this CD.  Nancy Lane gives us the song in short fast phrases, sung to a pattering bass, slowing down only for the last few bars to bring out the full meaning, and it works wonderfully, like so much on this totally enjoyable disc.  I hope we’ll hear more of this lady in the future. 
The CD includes mostly jazz standards, some not so well known, and a slinky, seductive Tout Ce Que Veut Lola, (Whatever Lola Wants) sung in French, with accompaniment including a suitably muted trumpet.  The voice is sultry, husky and warm, and the musicians are well up to their job, although solos tend to last for just one chorus as the disc is meant to be singer-orientated.
Every Time I’m With You is one of those delightful ‘list’ songs, a list of the ways she feels with her lover, eg ‘I’m a camel that wants a big drink’.  You couldn’t make it up, except that a clever lyricist did.  Similarly, in You Took Advantage Of Me: ‘lock the doors and call me yours’ (from the brilliant Lorenz Hart).  Other songs are: Let Me Love You; I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me (a lovely intimate interpretation, including the verse); We’re Together; Cry Me A River; Everything I’ve Got Belongs To You; All Of You. And all rounded off effectively with a slow, sad, sincerely sung ballad Just Say I Love Him.
Nancy Lane hails from Montreal and she comes from a musical background: her grandmother sang opera, an aunt sang jazz and her father played saxophone.  She has taken part in various recording projects previously and this is her debut album.  The CD is self-released on October 23: see nancylanemusic.com 
Ann Alex

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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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