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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CD Review: Helena Kay's KIM Trio - Moon Palace.

Helena Kay (tenor sax); Ferg Ireland  (bass); David Ingamells (drums).
(Review by Lance).


With tonight's BBC Young Jazz Awards on BBC4 this seems to be an appropriate time to introduce a CD by another young award winner - Helena Kay.

Helena, Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2015 and winner of the Peter Whittingham Award two years later, makes an impressive showing with this, her debut album.

That she chooses a trio format sans guitar or piano to meet the world could be seen as brave, foolhardy or a display of confidence in her ability to pull it off - rather like an aerialist tightrope walker attempting to cross the Thames on his/her first gig.


Fortunately, with the safety net of Ireland and Ingamells plus her own sense of direction, that confidence was not displaced and her saxophone never got wet.

It's a refreshing sound, the light, almost altoish tone favoured by Getz, Mobley and the other cool players, in her hands, is as relevant today as it ever was.

The tenor floats like some kind of will o' the wisp above the integral foundation of Ireland and Ingamells - gossamer wings indeed.

Originals all bar two - Bird's Kim - named after his daughter - is given a makeover that hints at  her north of the border background and provided the inspiration for the trio's name, whilst Stardust dispenses with the safety net for a solo rendition of the Carmichael classic, inspired by Nat King Cole's version - verse and all.

Well worth checking out. It hits the street on December 7 and there's a launch at the Vortex on December 12.
Lance.

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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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