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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.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Voshtina & Williams @ The Jazz Café – Nov.14

Belinda Voshtina (vocals) & Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Late afternoon the last knockings of an Atlantic storm lashed Tyneside on its way out to the North Sea. Newcastle’s night time economy would suffer as a result. Pubs and clubs would be quiet, inner city residents, for once, would be able to hear themselves think. A case of wishful thinking! Pubs doing a brisk trade, a Happy Mondays sold out gig at the Academy, takeaways re-fuelling the sodden and the Jazz Café busy with few seats to be had.
Belinda Voshtina and Mark Williams were putting together a last minute set list for their first outing as a duo. Williams looked at your drowned rat correspondent saying: It’s still raining, then? Perceptive. Key and tempi of little concern, vocalist Voshtina knew guitar virtuoso Williams would come up with the goods. And so to work.
It’s Almost Like Being in Love, Agua de Beber, There Will Never Be Another You – good material; Voshtina’s rich, resonant, multi lingual vocals, Williams, accompanist of choice to the very best on the scene.
Ain’t No Sunshine (correct!), Georgia, Nature Boy, Autumn Leaves (millions of ‘em!) and Comes Love. Voshtina sang boldly, her voice projecting with ease, the occasional verse in Portuguese, a winning smile never far from her lips. A lower register At Last – something of a showstopper in a large scale production, in the intimate setting of the Jazz Café a real knockout – and a swinging Lullaby of Birdland with Joe Pass (Mr M Williams) excelling!
The choice of material familiar, perhaps advisable for their first duo gig together, held the attention of most, most of the time (the usual barfly hubbub intruding from time to time).
Black Orpheus – Voshtina’s enviable command of Portuguese at its best – and as a finale, a rockin’ Route 66. Belinda had a great time. She thanked the ‘lovely’ Mark Williams. A big thank you, to you, Belinda and the ‘lovely’ Mr Williams.
Russell.

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