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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GIJF: Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman @ Sage Gateshead - April 16

Courtney Pine (bass clarinet) & Zoe Rahman (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo Credit: John Watson/
For ten years or so Courtney Pine hasn’t picked up his tenor saxophone. As a member of the seminal Jazz Warriors Pine emerged as a welcome new voice on the jazz scene going on to form, tour and record with his own small group. Back in the day, a gig at Riverside (long-since closed) on Melbourne Street, Newcastle heard Pine, the new kid on the block, play commanding post-Coltrane tenor. At the time, Sage Gateshead was but a twinkle in the eye. Decades later Courtney Pine plays the Norman Foster-designed Sage Gateshead venue on a regular basis.
This 2016 concert appearance at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival featured a duo performance with pianist Zoe Rahman. The reedsman has a self-imposed exclusivity pact with the bass clarinet (tenor, and for that matter, soprano saxophone, nowhere to be seen) and it’s been this way for some time. Pianist Zoe Rahman has been working with Pine for some time as a duo and this Gateshead gig tended to focus on the bass clarinet, the piano decidedly adopting a supporting role in their performance of the album Song (The Ballad Book).
Sage One’s crowd knew what they were there for – to hear Courtney Pine, bass clarinetist. Extended solos frequently relegated Rahman, a fine musician, to that of comping pianist. The physical exertion of playing the rarely heard bass clarinet found Pine gulping in air, rehydrating with bottled water and determinedly launching into another lengthy workout.
Windmills of Your Mind, a robust A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Amazing Grace – three familiar numbers, all given the full-on treatment by Pine. Zoe Rahman, smiling in typically serene manner, impressed when given the chance and the sizeable audience took the opportunity to show its appreciation. A Child is Born was a tour de force, indeed Pine was a tour de force throughout the one-set performance.  
Terence Blanchard was up next...   

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Wasn't there, but review sounds familiar. I recognise what you describe from their gig at the Alnwick Playhouse in May last year! Great gig though!

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