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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 Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dave Weisser & Alan Law @ The Jazz Café. March 25

Dave Weisser (vocals & trumpet) & Alan Law (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Good Friday at the Jazz Café. American ex-pat trumpeter and vocalist Dave Weisser played a long overdue gig focusing on his singing. Let’s make that Dave Weisser the  vocalist and trumpeter. Working in the company of pianist Alan Law, the set list took Chet Baker and Mose Allison as its inspiration. A relaxed Weisser – black and white cool school trumpeter’s t-shirt and cap – opened with Let’s Get Lost, huh? The huh? being the American’s invitation into his jazz world, a world as real as any other, and infinitely preferable to most.
I Love the Life I Live with its lower register drawl checked out Mose Allison. Weisser went from bass notes to trademark falsetto with consummate ease. DW’s muted horn played the occasional solo, low level reverb on the mic for clarity of horn and vocals. Pianist Alan Law, his back to DW, played his part as accompanist and soloist. Latino rhythms largely suppressed for the occasion, Law was well worth hearing on his own. Georgia, This Masquerade (Weisser’s spot-on vocals) and, for Sylvia, Nature Boy. As ever, Weisser impressed with his singing, but equally his ability to recall a lyric never fails to impress.
Weisser took time out to thank his longtime friend, pianist Barrie Ascroft, for many of the arrangements on this Pink Lane gig. DW’s contacts are many and a fair number of them were in attendance. We heard some Girl Talk, some scatting, the early hours Set ’em up Joe two-hander – not quite a quarter to three, more like a quarter to eleven, and Night and Day. Chet, West Coast, the Pretzel Logic of Steely Dan, the Muse of Miles, Bye Bye Blackbird, muted horn, audience singing, cool school style. Paul Gowland on soprano saxophone made a cameo appearance as a most enjoyable night drew to a close.
Russell.                           

4 comments :

  1. So good to hear Dave mentioned.... A real proper jazz guy !

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  2. Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b)Sunday, March 27, 2016 8:16:00 am

    sure is!!!

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    1. Canny scat singer too,

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  3. I opted out as I thought, from the blurb, it was just going to be Dave singing. Nothing wrong with that 'cept Dave without the trumpet or Dave, without the singing means you're only getting half a loaf! Do it again and I'll be first in the queue!

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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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