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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

CD Review: Marcello Pellitteri - Aquarius Woman

(Review by Lance).
A poignant tribute to Pellitteri's daughter, Veronica, who passed away at the age of 23 in 2014, Aquarius Woman, even without the emotive background, would still be one hell of a record. In fact, I doubt that the leader was looking for the sympathy vote, much as it would be appreciated, but rather that he paid respect to his daughter by dedicating the best music he was capable of to her, ensuring her memory would be carried beyond family and friends.
He succeeds.

The guests are excellent, conveying the mood aimed at. Garzone's tenor sets the mood and Prescod's vocal hits the spot but, overall, the core quartet are the ones at the heart - and I use the word advisedly - of the project. Hearing Veronica reading a poem written by an Indonesian poet named Murtiningrum, a woman who was arrested and abused by the Indonesian military in the 1960s is a heartrending and yet, uplifting experience. However, putting all this to one side, it's an excellent album either because of or despite the background to the music.
Loved it and maybe shed a silent tear.
Lance.
Marcello Pellitteri (drums); Orazio Maugeri (alto); Salvatore Bonafede (piao);Gabrio Bevilacqua (bass)  + (1 track each) George Garzone (tenort); Nedelka Prescod (vocals); Rino Cirinna (tenor); Lauren Kinhan (vocals); Yvonnick Prene (harmonica); Maecello Tedaro (el. guitar & spoken word); Veronica Pellitteri (spoken word).

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