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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Wednesday February 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Lindsay Hannon - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8ppm. £4 (Students free).
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Cancelled this week only. Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Cancelled.
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Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review: Gabriela Martina - No White Shoes

Gabriela Martina (vocals); Jiri Nedoma (piano); Jussi Reijonen (guitar); Kyle Miles (acoustic/electric bass); Alex Bailey (drums) Anonymous (trumpet? clarinet?)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This week I’m reviewing 2 contrasting CDs, both by women singers and lyricists, and both of mainly original material.  But how different they are!  Ms Martina’s is the less satisfactory CD.  The musicians are very capable and her voice is sweet and pleasant, with a wide vocal range.
  The snag is with the material covered. Too many styles of music are involved, including jazz, folk, funk and some free improvisation, resulting in a confusing mish-mash.  The better tracks are those which are not originals, such as the version of Wayne Shorter’s Witch Hunt, sung as a multi-tracked a cappella song, giving the effect of a choir; and Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia, with its insistent electronic drum beat.
 The other tracks are mainly love songs with titles such as Narcissus; On My Way; Love Me; Origin; Us; No White Shoes; Thirsty Flower. Too many styles come up on the same track, and the free improvisation could have benefited from some editing, but then it wouldn’t have been free, would it?  There is also a mysterious extra musician who is unaccounted for, playing either trumpet quietly, clarinet, or maybe a soprano sax, or it could be a special effect on electric guitar.
I feel sure that this band is capable of much more, as their credentials are sound. Ms Martina was born in Switzerland, and grew up singing and yodelling with her family singing group.  She is now based in the USA, where she studied music and she has performed around the East coast of the USA and beyond.
The album is available only as a download at www.cdbaby.com/cd/gabrielamartina3  or amzn.to/1oWaCBc
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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