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Today Tuesday March 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8:00pm. Free. Note this session will be held in the Mezzanine Café part of the building.

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Velvet Revolution + Charlie Collins and Friends @ The Cumberland Arms - Nov. 16

The Velvet Revolution: Daniel Erdmann (saxes); Théo Ceccaldi (violin); Jim Hart (vibes).

Charlie Collins and Friends: Charlie Collins (percussion); Eun-Jung Kim (komungo); Derek Saw (trumpet); Faye MacCalman (clarinet).
(Review by Steve H/photos to follow)

At about 11 o’clock on Friday night, a bearded figure carrying a grey suitcase entered the upstairs room of the Cumberland Arms to a round of applause. French violinist Theo Ceccaldi had just arrived straight from Newcastle Airport after a tortuous journey from Toulouse. Like a real trooper and with no time to lose Theo joined the other 2 members of The Velvet Revolution to complete a stunning evening of music.

Due to his late arrival, we were treated to a duo set from Erdmann and Hart. Some of the tunes were even world premieres as the very dry-witted Erdman explained. Their set was an unscheduled bonus which also included updates of Ceccalidi’s arrival time (the plane actually landed at 22.05 and luckily in these pre-Brexit times there were no immigration hold-ups).

When the trio eventually played together the music was even livelier, Ceccaldi seeming to be suffering no after-effects from his arduous travels. Interestingly, he played without a bow for much of the time strumming the violin to great effect.

Hart on vibes was extremely watchable incorporating all sorts of effects including employing what appeared to be 2 wooden coat hangers as bows. Erdmann is a wonderfully creative lyrical player. Both duo and trio sets were different enough to have a unique feel to them but what they did have in common was the sheer quality of the performance.

The evening had begun with regular Tyneside visitor Charlie Collins performing a duet with Eun-Jung Kim on komungo (a  horizontal wooden stringed instrument). Collins is a percussive magician continually pulling objects from up his sleeve or out of a top hat to create weird and wonderful beats and sounds.  Kim plucked with a stick, strummed and picked on the komungo in total harmony with Collins producing a very subtle meditative set.  

After a short break, the pair were joined by Derek Saw on trumpet and our own Faye MacCalman on clarinet. Picking up where Kim and Collins had left off, a dreamy floaty soundscape evolved allowing this listener at times to drift off into very pleasant cerebral spaces.
A great evening at an infrequently used venue for jazz - four sets of fascinating and enjoyable music accompanied by some very fine real ale – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Steve H.

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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.
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