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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord @ Hot Club de Blaydon. April 9


Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar), Dave Harris (guitar) & Paul Baxter (double bass)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Emma Fisk)
Blaydon Jazz Club hosted the debut gig of Emma Fisk’s new Hot Club outfit. Several musicians on the north-east jazz scene turned out for the occasion, adding a few to the Black Bull’s regular numbers. Friends catching up, musicians making connections, an alive and kicking jazz club, the future looks bright!
Overlooking the Tyne, the Black Bull on Bridge Street became a Hot Club of the North for one night only. Django and Stephane the inspiration, violinist Fisk’s new quartet is destined for stardom, or, at the very least, a full diary of engagements up and down the land. Coquette, Charleston, I’m Confessin’ – the opener a classic, Charleston, a surprise, I’m Confessin’, magical with Fisk’s virtuosic intro.
Crazy Rhythm featured James ‘Django’ Birkett and introduced the depping Paul Baxter (contrabass). Baxter, more often heard in contemporary jazz circles, slotted in with ease, setting a benchmark for his long term successor. Bandleader Fisk took time to place the tunes in context; the 11-bar (Django’s prerogative) blues Viper’s Dream, rhythm master Dave Harris (a founding member of Djangology) on It Had to be You (Harris at pains to point out the difference between ‘noodling’ and ‘waffling’) and If You Only Knew How Much I Love You, heard the guitarist in fine form. Django Birkett followed up with great playing of his own on Exactly like You and the ensemble brought the first set to a close with a rousing Sweet Georgia Brown.
Interval conversation revolved around the forthcoming Gateshead Jazz Festival but not before a straw poll gave a unanimous thumbs up to the first set. World class jazz at the Black Bull, Blaydon. You’re thinking: Yeah, right. A pub in the Borough of Gateshead can’t possibly be home to such talent. It was and it is. Next month’s session will be just as good, but more of that later.
Historic recording sessions and arrangements peppered Fisk’s informative introductions. Birkett’s take on the 1936 gem Oriental Shuffle a delight, Minor Swing (Fisk suggesting they had to play it!) with staggering solos from Fisk and Birkett and the 1938 recording of Daphne revisited. Great musicians make it look easy. Nuages, then Swing 39 were as good as it gets. And there was more…Limehouse Blues and the showstopper Dark Eyes to end a marvellous evening. Fisk’s quartet clearly enjoyed working together and, for a first gig, things couldn’t have gone much better. Immaculate, note perfect violin playing, the astonishing guitar playing of Dr Birkett, Harris the rhythm king and a dream dep bass player, Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord is up and running. Hot Club de Black Bull, Hot Club de France, Vive le jazz!
More world class jazz next month – May 15 – with the Noel Dennis-Paul Edis Quartet.
Russell.

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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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