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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Saturday December 15

Afternoon

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Hatton Gallery, King's Road, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 277 8877. 12 noon. Free.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 2:50pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Concourse, free.

Jambone + Folkestra - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival. Sage Two, free but ticketed.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Big Band Theory - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 6:30pm. £5.00.

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - The Corner House, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5RP. Tel: 0191 265 9602. 7:30pm. £7.50.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:30pm. £12.00. + £1.38. bf.

Strictly Speakeasy - St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead NE8 2AU. Tel: 0191 433 4699. 7:00pm. £20.00. Lindy jazz ‘Snow Ball.

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

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

Friday, March 09, 2018

Minnie Fraser Quartet @ Gosforth Civic Theatre - March 8

Minnie Fraser (vocals); Lin Lee Wong (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
Gosforth Jazz Club has been attracting sizeable audiences and another good turn out greeted the Minnie Fraser Quartet. Electing to perform on the floor of the hall enabled vocalist Fraser to make that all important connection with the listener although, because of the lighting, she wasn’t able to see into the auditorium. The focus of attention was Fraser and her band; pianist Lin Lee Wong, a scrubbed-up Paul Grainger playing double bass and drummer Rob Walker.

A medium tempo All of Me to open the set followed by an achingly slow tempo My Funny Valentine and a regulation take on Ain’t Misbehavin’ with the instrumentalists sharing the spotlight, this was a good beginning to the evening and it became abundantly clear that bandleader Fraser was playing to an on-side crowd. Pianist Lin Lee Wong’s ear for a melody stood Fraser in good stead; a look, a nod, the cue, a working partnership. Bandleader Fraser didn’t have to worry about the rhythm boys – Messrs Grainger and Walker knew this stuff inside out and Walker’s hand drumming on The Very Thought of You was up there with the best of them. God Bless the Child, Song for My Father, a set of standards, a listening audience, Fraser closed the first half of the show suggesting it would be a good idea to see bar sales ticking over during the interval.

Second set, more of the same – good! Misty, an injection of swing on Old Devil Moon with Lin Lee and PG helping themselves to solos followed by more fine piano playing from Lin Lee on Cheek to Cheek. The little heard Midnight Sun (comp. Hampton and Burke, lyrics Johnny Mercer), Lullaby of Birdland, Fraser excelling on Stardust, the band could have played on but conscious of the time the Minnie Fraser Quartet closed the evening with Darn That Dream and a Latin-tinged Georgia just in time to catch a hurtling A Train.

As the evening drew to a close Fraser’s son Simon took the mic to inform the audience that it was his mother’s birthday and it was Simon himself who lead a chorus of Happy Birthday. A nice touch to end an enjoyable evening at Gosforth Jazz Club.
Russell             

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Well done Minnie and the band! You're a star.

Peanut

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