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Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Jazz North East @ The Black Swan present a Women Make Music Event February 4 ENTROPI + SHELLY KNOTTS & MARIAM REZAEI DUO

Entropi Dee Byrne (saxophones); Andre Canniere (trumpet); Rebecca Nash (keys); Olie Brice (bass); Matt Fisher (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The first musical offering of JNE’s second ‘Women Make Music’ event got off to a great start at The Black Swan on Thursday night with Dee Byrne’s Entropi. I reviewed this band very favourably last year on these pages so I was really looking forward to this gig. I wasn’t disappointed as the band seem to have become even more accomplished in the intervening months.
A very fine set of contemporary jazz was delivered with great aplomb. All the compositions are written by Byrne although I didn’t quite catch the name of the individual pieces there was definitely one about babysitting a goldfish! The great thing about this ensemble is that the quality of each individual musician is outstanding and yet none hog the limelight. What is produced is a collective, harmonious, joyous, intricate, sound which really engages the listener. My only quibble would be that we only got one set instead of two. I look forward to this band’s continuing evolution and progress,
Earlier in the evening we were treated to a set of ‘Computer Jazz’ by Shelly Knotts & Mariam Rezaei. These 2 young woman sat on stage armed with 2 Apple Macs. I never seen such levels of intensity and concentration in front of a keyboard (and I work in IT). A strange set of sounds and rhythms emanated from the stage. At first I was quite nonplussed by the performance but by the end of the set I had, strangely enough, got quite into it. An interesting experience but, it may be one better suited to a younger audience who had had more stimulation than a pint of Guinness.
As an added bonus both performances were being painted in situ by artist Gina Southgate who’s current  ‘Woman Paints Music’ exhibition had previewed earlier that same evening in the arts centre above The Black Swan. Seeing the painting evolve during the performance was quite captivating and the finished pictures were a wonder. Gina even managed to make the computer duo appear quite dynamic. I urge you all to visit the exhibition my review of which can be found here.  
Steve.

1 comment :

  1. thanks for the lovely review!

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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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