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Today Sunday February 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms.

Jazz Social - Fire Station, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 3:00-5:00pm. Last Sunday in month jam session.

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Claypath Deli, Claypath, Durham DH1 3407209. 4pm £7 (£5 concs).

More jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Blues

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

St Dom &the Sinful - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15 pm. £5. Darlington Jazz Club.

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CD Review: James Hall - Lattice

James Hall (trombone); Jamie Baum (flute/alto flute); Deanna Witkowski (piano/Rhodes); Tom DiCarlo (bass); Allan Mednard (drums) + Sharel Cassidy (alto on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
Trombone and flute are not your usual frontline, in fact, apart from Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child, I can't think of another.
It doesn't matter. Even if trom/flute duos were as common as trumpet/tenor pairings this one would still stand out from the crowd. 
The two horns gel. Hall's round sound - dry but not brittle - contrasting nicely with Baum's virtuosic flights. They interweave seamlessly it's a musical marriage. And so it should be. The title track Lattice was written by Hall and is dedicated to his now wife Kristen, portraying the development of their romance.
Sharel Cassidy adds some distinctive alto to a couple of tracks providing an extra, boppier, dimension. Witkowski is another star. Whether 'comping or soloing on piano or Rhodes Witkowski is a voice to be heard. Listening to her solo on Traveler it's no surrprise to learn that she's worked with Donny McCaslin, accompanied Lizz Wright, released six albums of her own, as well as holding down the piano chair with the Jim McNeeley led BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra to mention but a few of her past achievements
DiCarlo and Mednard hold it all together with the latter also breaking out on Traveler (their spelling). All but two of the compositions are by Hall revealing a lyricism in his writing that echoes his playing.
The two non-Hall pieces are Joe Henderson's Black Narcissus and Kenny Wheeler's Kind Folk. Wheeler was artist-in-residence during Hall's time at Lawrence University in Wiisconsin.
The final track, Terrace, has Hall blowing some bluesy muted bone, Witkowski rich chords and flowing right hand, Mednard going for the jugular, the whole shebang ending abruptly and this listener shouting WOW!
As a matter of interest, Hall and Mednard met up when they were touring with Postmodern Jukebox.
If this is the calibre of guys in PJ then this Sunday's concert at Sage Gateshead is going to be something else!
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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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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