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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

CD Review: Glenn Crytzer Orchestra - Ain't it Grand?

(Review by Lance).
We're back in 'The Swing Era', that gorgeous period twixt Dixieland and bebop when big bands ruled the roost. To draw another parallel, and one closer to home, none of the tracks would sound out of place if performed at Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party held annually just outside of Whitley Bay. In fact, at least one of the musicians has indeed played there - trombonist Jim Fryer.
Jazz historian Will Friedwald, who wrote the accompanying blurb, prefers to think of them as, "not so much recreations but rather reimaginings".  A pretty fair description, although A String of Pearls doesn't sound that much different from the original Miller version even down to the solos. But then again, who's going to improve on the original Bobby Hackett chorus?
Thirteen of the thirty tracks are originals by Crytzer and he has captured the mood of the era so well that I was never sure which was which. And Crytzer's a man still in his mid-thirties!
I'm unable to identify the soloists, suffice to say they are all well-versed in the idiom. Booting tenor,  wailing alto, Artie/Benny clarinet, screaming trumpet, growl trumpet, blistering trombone, mellow trombone, romantic crooning, comic vocals. Music to listen to or dance to.
If you're old enough it's nostalgic, if you're young enough and haven't been media brainwashed, it's a voyage of discovery!
Lance
Glenn Crytzer (guitar/banjo/MD/arranger); Sam Hoyt, Mike Davis, Jason Prover (trumpets); Rob Edwards, Joe McDonough, Jim Fryer (trombones); Mark Loperman, Marc Schwartz, Matt Koza, Henry 'Ricky' Alexander (reeds); Rob Reich (piano); Ian Hutchison (bass); Andrew Millar (drums); Hannah Gill, Dandy Wellington (vocals).

1 comment :

Russell said...

Later this year (Nov 2-4) Jim Fryer returns to Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party (near Whitley Bay) as does USA cornet/trumpet player Mike Davis who made a big impact in 2017.

Davis, still in his mid-twenties, leads the New Wonders and the band's eponymous CD was reviewed in the pages of this blog in March. Crytzer's trombonist - Joe McDonough - also appears on Davis' album.

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