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Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GIJF: Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw @ Sage Gateshead. April 15

 Liane Carroll (piano & vocals) & Ian Shaw (piano & vocals)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy Ken Drew)
Jazz festivals like to book a number of musicians who are ‘box office’ performers. The Gateshead International Jazz Festival presented two for the price of one in Sage Two’s opening night ‘late night’ show. Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw give a performance every time they take to the stage. This 2016 GIJF concert gave top billing to Carroll with her friend of many years Ian Shaw her ‘special guest’ (pictured here on the Concourse).
Carroll takes after Shaw with her on-stage repartee. Living in Hastings, Ms Carroll has performed all over the world, seen and done it all, yet, here at Sage Gateshead presented a  persona of the fragile, vulnerable performer. Does Carroll know how good she is?
Possessing a fabulous, powerful voice, a cast iron technique as a pianist and an engaging personality, Carroll drew huge applause time and again. Impassioned singing, saloon bar piano playing (of a most superior kind), the two ingredients combined to make for a great gig. Head thrown back, singing to the stars, Carroll gave her all. Friend Ian Shaw walked onto stage to join her, initially standing by the piano, sharing the lyric. A chemistry, clear to all, exists between the two; sharing a lyric, sharing a joke, worldly-wise, hilarious. The roles reversed, Shaw sat at the piano, Carroll front of stage, pathos and comedic timing a winning combination, the duo could have played all night. All of Me to Leonard Cohen to Joni’s Big Yellow Taxi, this was paradise, definitely no soul-destroying parking lot.
Ian Shaw, stand-up, singer, pianist, activist. Shaw took time out to talk about his regular visits to the euphemistically known ‘Calais jungle’. He is a hands-on volunteer helper at a twenty first century ‘detention centre’ (your reviewer’s description of the EU’s shameful shanty town). Shaw, a world class vocalist (and pianist) mixes music and politics. Good on you, Ian. To quote Pastor Niemoeller: Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me. Ian Shaw returns to Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 15 June- be there.
Russell.             

1 comment :

  1. I'm sure Ian Shaw (no pun intended!) was not on the original billing for this gig, but was added later as the "Special Guest".
    Liane Carroll does indeed have a fantastic voice, large octave range and huge dynamic range - a real treat. I would not describe her as fragile, but she certainly is perhaps understated - there is nothing of the diva about her manner and she is self deprecating (in a humourous way). Tickets for Ian Shaw already booked!

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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