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Lionel Loueke: "A mistake is just for the moment - make it the best mistake it can be, and that's it" - (JazzTimes, April 2019).

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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - 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.

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

Monday, July 23, 2018

CD Reviews: Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band - A Woman's Place & Le Donne Mangiano Zucchero

Marla Dixon (trumpet/vocals); Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet/vocals); Haruka Kikuchi (trombone/vocals); Molly Reeves (guitar/vocals); Julie Schenayder (bass); Define 'Dizzy' Incirlioglu (washboard).
(Review by Lance).
Despite my gripe in the previous post, here are a couple of CDs that are more than welcome - they're essential! Essential, that is for those who want a memento of the band's recent barnstorming tour of County Durham as part of the Durham Brass Festival and even more essential for those who didn't catch them. They'll be crying in their beer for weeks to come when they find out what they've missed.
Five girls from way down yonder in New Orleans. Correction, five musicians from New Orleans. Gender becomes irrelevant at this level - indeed at any level. As Dottie Dodgion once said re Buddy Rich in a DownBeat Blindfold Test, "He plays pretty good for a man".
Both of these two CDs are impressive with great solos from everyone including the vocals.
The music may trace back to their forebears but it's as relevant today as it was back then as was proven by the audience's response at the various outdoor venues in the Land of the Prince Bishops. These weren't, in the main, hardcore jazz fans, just somebody's neighbour or the person in front of you at the checkout or maybe standing next to you in the lineup and hoping they don't get tapped on the shoulder. The important thing is that band and audience connected.
Which is the better CD? You pays yer money and you takes your choice. Musically they're on a par and I wouldn't want to be without either. The sound seems a little brighter on A Woman's Place but not enough to sway anyone other than the most discerning of listeners.
Lance.
Click on title link to listen and buy.
  1. Traveling Blues
  2. Puttin’ It On
  3. In The Gloaming
  4. My Heart
  5. Last Kind Words Blues
  6. Skid Dat De Dat
  7. Dusty Rag
  8. Sugar Blues
  9. Charleston Mad
  10. Shake Sugaree
  11. A Woman’s Place
  12. The Love I Have For You.

  1. Washboard Wiggles
  2. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
  3. Shame & Scandal In The Family
  4. My Silent Love
  5. Les Oignons
  6. Empty Bed Blues
  7. Root Hog, or Die
  8. Savoy Blues
  9. Shake ‘Em Up
  10. There’s A New Moon Over My Shoulder

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