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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Lance

Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

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

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Kenny G @ Sage Gateshead - June 26

Kenny G (sop/alt/ten); Robert Damper (pno/keys); John Raymond (gtr); Ron Powell (perc/juggling); Vail Johnson (bs gtr/perc); Danny Bejarano (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Kenny G's sold 75 million albums and counting so it wasn't surprising that Sage Gateshead was buzzing with all three levels of Sage One occupied although, it has to be said, I recognised very few 'Jazz Heads' in the audience. So who were they? Where did they come from?
KG's previous gig was in Moscow, tonight (June 27) he's in Manchester and he's in Birmingham the following night. Perhaps the local following was augmented by those living somewhere in between Moscow, Gateshead and Manchester.
The concert began in somewhat unorthodox style with the Main Man blowing unaccompanied in Row P - two rows behind the BSH squad (Russell and I - sorry Russell, I've blown your cover!) this gave the fans the opportunity for photos without the usual clamp down on such activities by the stewards. Playing alto, it couldn't be denied he can get around the instrument. After several minutes he switched to soprano. Kenny G is in the record books for holding a note for 45 minutes non-stop (circular breathing is the trick). Last night, he didn't attempt to break that record but he did hold one note for what seemed like 45 minutes as he marched down the aisle towards and onto the stage, pausing to shake hands with members of the audience whilst still holding that one note. Musically it may not be too exciting but physically it is quite an achievement - like balancing at the top of a pole for 3 days. Showmanship!
Whilst all this was going on his band, they've been together for 25 years, were 'vamping till ready'.
At last, it was game on.
The audience loved it. Although KG blew soprano sax for most of the gig, it was his tenor playing that I found the most satisfying. A funky number with Damper in B3 mode hit the right groove as did his bossa nova blast on Desifinado although his suggestion that the audience may not have heard of Stan Getz was, to say the least, patronising but, then again, maybe this audience hadn't!
They recognised and applauded some of the catchy 'smooth' melodies that I didn't know so that made the score me 1, them 1!
The band each had their own individual features. Percussionist Powell - excitement unleashed - pounded the congas and other drums with hands, arms and elbows. Truly a tour de force and as if this wasn't enough, he took centre stage with what may have been a Pandeiro Tambourine. He cajoled amazing sounds from it whilst performing complex juggling manoeuvres with it. Stole the show! Not far behind was Danny Bejarando's drum solo - incredible!
Guitarist Raymond had some electric blasts as well as some acoustic moments during the bossa novas. Johnson's feature was a funky Wandering Star - he also took over on percussion whilst Powell Pandeiroed!
Damper was sympathetic on piano and keys, his own feature suggesting he's a star in his own right.
The night drew to a close with the leader producing an amazing soprano  solo that had the audience - well most of the audience - on their feet leading to the inevitable standing ovation.
We slipped quietly away.
Lance.

3 comments :

Steven T. said...

A lot of people I know stopped listening to 'Jazz' as it slipped into smooth, but many didn't and continued through Grover Washington Jnr to Najee and Kenny G.
Some OF these think of anything pre electric/ fusion/ Jazz-Funk/ AS 'trad' and won't listen to it. Others went Acid Jazz and the rather unpleasant Jazz Dance scene which, in may ways, is more reminiscent of northern soul, and equally slippery to pin down.
I think I'm right in saying I'm the only person from the north east end of that scene who got into the history and future of Jazz and I guarantee that, as with Benson last week, I will have known a lot of people there.

Russell said...

In response to BSH's editor claiming to know of my whereabouts on the evening of Sunday 26 June 2016, there isn't a shred of evidence indicating that I was anywhere in the vicinity of Sage One (Row N, Seat 31) on the evening in question. In view of this scurrilous report I shall be instructing my solicitor to commence proceedings with the intention of seeking substantial damages!

Steven t. said...

One of the people I know who was there was in Row 0 seat 31 and swears Russell G was on the seat in front.

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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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