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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Saturday November 17

Afternoon

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Evening

Blue Jazz Quintet - St George’s Church, St George’s Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. Tel: 0191 281 1659. 7:00pm.

World of Brass In Concert - - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 7:00pm. £26.20., £19.60., £10.90. concert featuring Fodens, Matthew Ford (vocals) & Mike Lovatt (trumpet) in a Sinatra-themed show.

Forever the Beat of the Drum: Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation - Queen’s Hall, Beaumont St, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 7:30pm. £15.00. Annual fundraising concert. Line-up inc. Tyne Valley Big Band & Tyne Valley Junior Big Band.

Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars + Mitch Laddie & friends - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SRI 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 8:00pm. £10.00. Blues.

Teresa Watson Band - 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, April 29, 2018

The Jazz Repertory Company: 'Midnight in Mayfair' @ Cadogan Hall, London - April 28

I already knew this was going to be a superb concert from the lineup of musicians, many of whom are regulars at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party. Musical Director Keith Nichols and company did not disappoint. A grand total of 26 songs and two encores celebrating the best of British popular music from the 1920s and 1930s. 

Of particular note was an outstanding rendition of Breakaway, showcasing the full might of Jack Hylton’s Orchestra in 1929, a gorgeous trumpet solo by Enrico Tomasso with Georgia on my Mind, and a wonderful transcription of Jack Payne’s classic, Choo Choo. In between, the walking anecdote book that is Keith Nichols kept us entertained with various stories about the bandleaders and these beautifully melodic songs from years gone by. 

I consider myself a lucky man to have heard so many of these obscure numbers played so well. A true delight. 
Jonathan Holmes

2 comments :

Russell said...

Jonathan, it sounds as though this Cadogan Hall concert was every bit as good as we have come to expect from Keith Nichols. In my Darlington Jazz Festival preview (immediately preceding your review) I refer to several festivals due to take place across the northeast of England during the year. Perhaps one of the promoters will take note of your review and, you never know, Mr Nichols and co could be invited to head 'up north' sometime next year!

Emma Fisk said...

What an excellent idea Russell!

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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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