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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

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. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mo Scott Band @ The Jazz Café. March 22

Mo Scott (vocals), Gary Dunn (guitar), Deon Krishnan (bass) & Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)
People get ready, Mo Scott’s a-comin’. Tyneside’s Empress of the Blues Mo Scott sang Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton and many others at a standing room only gig on Pink Lane. Supercharged takes on Unchain My Heart, People Get Ready, a spine-tingling Rock Me Baby, this was Mo Scott in fine form.
Blues singer, blues shouter, Scott has few, if any, pretenders to her crown. On this gig, a last minute depping bass player joined Scott and her regular sidemen Gary Dunn, guitar and drummer Paul Smith. The absent Neil Harland – working in Chicago, wouldn’t you know! – necessitated a substitute bassist. Step forward five and six string maestro Deon Krishnan. A brief band conference, set list agreed, blues time! The diminutive Scott has one helluva blues voice. At times she’s in another world, lost in the blues, arms flailing, you believe her story. That mean mistreatin’, dirty cheatin’, low down man…don’t you just love him!?
Guitarist Gary Dunn is the perfect foil, a superb player, none better. Similarly, drummer Paul Smith is a groove merchant par excellence. Immense, restrained power, unleashing it at the right time is the art and Smith has seemingly perfected it. Deon Krishnan gave a master class in no-nonsense, in-the-pocket bass playing. Oh, and he knew the tunes! Mo Scott is fortunate in being able to shout down the north east blues’ mine knowing that an SOS would be answered. If this blog awarded stars for performance, D. Krishnan would get five of them (5 being the tops).
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, the Stones’ Miss You, Sonny Boy’s Help Me, the Jazz Café crowd lapped it up. Dunn produced not one but two party pieces. Jimi’s Little Wing was as good as Hiram Bullock’s take at Newcastle City Hall on the Gil Evans’ tour. The encore featured All Along the Watchtower – more brilliant playing. Scott has a fine band, more gigs would be just the job. Next time make sure you get on board.      
Russell.         

1 comment :

Patti said...

Damn - I was all set to go to this! Before lazyitis struck me down - should have got myself into gear .....

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