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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Thursday February 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Alan Benzie Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00 (advance).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Tel: 0191 285 3229. 7:00pm. Free

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 9:00pm.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pierce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Francesco Falcioni Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - October 8

Francesco Falcioni (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Rob Bates (dms); Ray Johnson (tpt/flug).
(Review by Lance).
A workmanlike performance by four stellar musicians. Although no boundaries were stretched, the music was anything but insular, reaching out to the 15 or so souls who'd made the pilgrimage to the Jazz Coop's HQ in NE4.
It was a bit like old times with a rock band belting out mega decibels in the downstairs bar, rarely in time or in tune with the more sedate goings on upstairs, but seemingly to the delight of the clientele.
The quartet opened up with Joe Henderson's Recorda Me. FF elected to use the Rhodes-like setting on the Clavinova which had a rather muddy sound compared to the clarity of the instrument's acoustic tonality. Bass was slightly inaudible although trumpet and drums came through loud and clear. Fortunately, as the set unfolded, the balance improved. 
Johnson blew My One and Only Love on flugel sounding as elegant as he looked in his polka-dot shirt (I mention the shirt as I was wearing a similar one!)
Lee Morgan's album The Sidewinder provided Boy What a Night. A bluesy waltz, it showed all four guys off to good advantage.
FF had a couple of his own tunes on the menu; a bossa nova, Blue Marine and another waltz, Ma Cerise. Both impressive compositions.
The set closed with a couple of Herbie Hancock tunes - Dolphin Dance and The Maze.  Johnson's flugel featured on the former and Bates drums on the latter.
An enjoyable set but, fate decreed I left during the intermission. What had started out as a minor sniffle developed into a nasal torrent so, rather than set off a pandemic amongst the jazz community, I reluctantly departed.
Lance.
Photos.

1 comment :

Minnie said...

It was a great gig!
I hope you are feeling better now Lance!

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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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