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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 05, 2016

CD Review: Daniela Schächter - Jimmy Van Heusen

Daniela Schächter (pno/vcl); Mike Tucker (ten); Michael O'Brien (bs); Mark Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
What's not to like? The songs of Jimmy Van Heusen plus a classy singer who plays fine piano, a Getzian tenor sax and a sympathetic rhythm section.
Van Heusen was a favourite songwriter of both Bing and Frank and, Sicilian-born, New Jersey - based, Schächter does the material proud and she plays piano better than either Bing or Frank!
Think Diane Krall and you're getting close inasmuch as they're in the same ballpark although, over 12 tracks I think it would be declared a draw. However, if I had the deciding vote...
Schächter is yet another diva diving into a not too deep pool that is rapidly becoming so crowded that there is barely room to do the breast stroke - or maybe that's the only stroke possible!
Still, if the pool needs to be drained of Divas then Daniela won't be the first to go - arguably she could be the last! 
With her vocal, piano AND composing talent (track 6 Vanheusenism - a loving tribute to the late Jimmy incorporating so many of the great man's elements) Daniela should be on everybody's list - not least those who also appreciate the kind of tenor playing associated with Stan, Zoot, Kamuca and the other Brothers - over the years there were more than four!
Polka Dots and Moonbeams is given a boppy vocalese treatment making me wonder if she's working on some horn man's solo. Maybe she is because Tucker has a blast of his own that says 'anything you can do I can do better'! Maybe, maybe not - another split decision!
Another masterpiece is, It Could Happen to You - it happened to me from the first few bars!
Call me Irresponsible - voice and bass - I know a couple who could also do justice to this one.
But Beautiful is beautiful but not in the traditional cheesy way - this one swings and, again, tenor man Tucker is in there booting it along.
Then just as you thought it was safe to get back into the water, Daniela hits us with I Thought About You. Vocal, piano and, even without the gutsy tenor, this is the one!
Gershwin, Porter, Kern. Berlin, Rodgers & Hart (maybe Hammerstein) - why isn't Van Heusen on this list (and, of course, Johnny Mercer)?
Tracks: Here's That Rainy Day; Darn that Dream; Come Fly With me; Like Someone in Love/Imagination; The Second Time Around; Vanheusenism; All the Way; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; It Could Happen to You; Call me Irresponsible; But Beautiful; I Thought About You.
Lance.
Release date September 9.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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