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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 Thursday November 15

Afternoon

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

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

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

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

CD Review: Allegra Levy - Looking at the Moon

Allegra Levy (vocal); Carmen Staaf (piano); Alex Goodman (guitar); Tim Norton (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Not an original conception. Sinatra had the same idea with Moonlight Sinatra and Mel Tormé came up with Swingin' on the Moon. Sinatra and Tormé had 4 duplications, Levy and Tormé only 2 (Blue Moon and No Moon at All) and all of Sinatra and Levy's moons were in different orbits. Given that there are 35 tracks on all 3 albums the fact that there are so few repetitions is an indication of just how many moon songs there are out there and the tide has yet to be stemmed as Ms Levy's album includes items from Cat Stephens, Neil Young and Nick Drake along with the usual suspects.
This, the third album from the sultry-voiced singer is on a par with her two previous discs and, arguably, even better.

The voice is soft and sensuous - like Blossom Dearie without the 'cuteness'. The intonation is spot-on and the almost imperceptible vibrato when she sustains a note quite breathtaking if you'll pardon the pun! Levy can also scat with the best of them without sounding contrived which is no easy matter.
It's a gentle and quite exquisite album with appropriate accompaniment. Staaf, her long-time pianist, is to the manner born - he recently served as pianist at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in L.A. Levy warmly acknowledges the 'big time' help the Institute gave to her 'space project'.
Because of the intimacy of the music, drums were out and the 'fluid lyricism' of guitarist Goodman and bassist Norton added. Norton also assisted with the arrangements.
Delightful!
Lance.
Moon River: I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the moon at night); Harvest Moon; Blue Moon; Moon Ray; Moonlight in Vermont; Moonshadow; Moonglow; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; No Moon at All; It's Only a Paper Moon; Pink Moon; I'll be Seeing You (included because of the last line - 'I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you'.
Released June 16 on Steeplechase SCCD 31852.

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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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