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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

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

Monday, November 09, 2015

CD Review: Barbara Dennerlein - Christmas Soul

Barbara Dennerlein (B3); Magnus Lindgren (ten/fl/clt); Robert Ikitz (dms); Luca Alemanno (bs/Fender bs); Ardissa Assefa (congas/perc); Nicola Conte (gtr on 2 tks); Zara McFarlane (vcl 3 tks).
(Review by Lance).
Well it's that 'Bah Humbug' time of year (although others may use stronger adjectives) but, it's also a time to look at the positive side of Christmas. The festive season provides lots of work for musicians even though the jazzers may have to wear different hats to earn their mince pies.

Also, the much maligned Christmas songs and carols that, every year, we are subjected to in supermarkets, malls, pubs, cafés and other dens of iniquity are, in many cases, actually very good tunes and, with different words, could be year round standards (challenge for budding lyricists - pen a romantic/non Christmas lyric to a carol or Christmas song!).
In fact, with only three vocals (brilliantly done by Zara McFarlane), this is a great opportunity to assess the music without the distraction of the words. Apart from our B3ess (ooh sexist!) Lindgren blows gutsy tenor and flutes fluently. But Zara! oh Zara! I wanted more than 3! (Christmas Time/ Christmas Song - Mel Tormé would have loved this version and perhaps Elvis may have wished he'd done this Blue Christmas! Nah - only Jon Hendricks or Annie Ross could get even close!
It's probably going to be one of the few Christmas offerings you'll hear that won't make you want to throw up!
Dennerlein is up there in the B3 hierarchy (Hammond Hall of Fame/Down Beat's Instrumentalist of the Year several times over and, if there ever is a Pulitzer Prize for jazz organists, Barbara will be in there pedalling and pulling all the right draw bars).
If she was playing organ in our local church on Christmas Eve I'd go to Midnight Mass and I'm not even a catholic!
Barbara Dennerlein - Christmas Soul released Nov. 13 on MPS label.
Lance.

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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.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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