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Today Thursday February 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

Society Trio - Revolucion de Cuba, 1 Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. 6pm. Free,

Musicians Unlimited - Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Guest band night.

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.

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs.).

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel: 0191 386 5556. 7pm. Book in advance.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Sage Gateshead - June 20.

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar); Dave Harris (guitar); Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Billy Nicholson).
Second set and Venuti/Lang have morphed into Grappelli/Reinhardt. The year is now 1934, Eddie Lang has died tragically young and Fisk has replaced the short, flowing dress with a svelte,  champagne coloured, figure-hugging satin dress evocative of a pre-war Parisian nightclub hostess in Pigalle. For his part, Birkett has augmented his apparel with red socks; apparently a Django fashion faux pas in the eyes of Grappelli but hey! this is 1934, the year that Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes
To complete the line-up they were joined by the immaculately suited Bruce Rollo on double bass and the more casually attired Dave Harris on guitar.
Dinah, is there any tune finer? opened the time capsule and we were off to a flying start. Unlike the original Hot Club de France where Django was the sole guitar soloist leaving the other two guitarists, including his brother Joe, to chug away in a purely rhythmic, and often monotonous, capacity, Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord has two guitarists both superb soloists in their own right.
Paradoxically, listening to the original Venuti/Lang recordings and comparing them with the slightly later sides cut by Grappelli and Reinhardt, I find the former more modern and swingier than the latter. Emma and her 'boys' turn this around primarily because of the lighter rhythmic feel they employ.
Belleville; Honeysuckle Rose; I'm Confessin'; Viper's Dream; Exactly Like You; Minor Swing; If You Only Knew (?) - an impressive feature for Harris - and Lady Be Good were all showstoppers and the encore, unsurprisingly, was Nuages. A Hot Club concert without Nuages would be like a Glenn Miller gig without Moonlight Serenade.
Beautiful.
I don't think I've ever posted two separate reviews by myself of the two sets of a concert but, on this occasion, it was justified as both sets stood tall in their own right.
Which set was the best?
Mmm... have to flip a coin on that one.
Would you believe it? The coin has landed upright on its edge!
Lance. 
PS: Gig of the Month so far.

1 comment :

Patti said...

I read somewhere that Django was inspired by a photo of George Raft, to adopt the red socks and tux style. Whatever! He'd have looked and sounded great - as did Emma and her boys last night - it was a fabulous night!

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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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