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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - 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.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Saturday, December 01, 2018

CD Review: Laura Dickinson - Auld Lang Syne

Laura Dickinson (vocals/arrangements) + big band including Steve Trapani (bass trombone); Kye Palmer (trumpet); Andrew Synowiec (guitar) with other arrangements by James A. Mcmillen, Johnny Mandel, Brent Fischer, Larry Blank, Bill Liston, Alan Steinberger, Andrew Synowiec.
(Review by Lance)

Normally, Ann Alex would have been delegated for this Yuletide offering but Ann's already had one seasonal album so, as I don't think this is Russell's glass of mulled wine, I'll decide for myself as to whether it's a turkey or not.

Firstly, I do like Christmas, despite the false bonhomie and the dreadful sweaters, it's a time when you can get drunk without being treat as a social outcast and eat as much as you like without counting the calories. And, of course, there are the CDs such as this one...
Many of the musical Scrooges pour scorn on the maudlin sentiments expressed by the lyrics of most Christmas songs whilst, at the same time, ignoring the fact that a lot of them are jolly fine tunes and, minus the seasonal aspect, would be all year round standards (how's about some of our poets/poetesses writing a non-Christmas lyric to a Christmas song?)

The numbers here: Happy Holiday/The Holliday Season; I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm; Christmas is Starting Now; Peace and Joy; The Man With the Bag (Kay Starr laid down the benchmark for this one); Love You Didn't Do Right by Me (Rosie Clooney, wearing a figure-hugging black dress, sang it to Bing Crosby in White Christmas); A Marshmallow World (Bing sang this one on a Christmas album); Miss You Most; Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (JudyGarland sang it in Meet me in St. Louis) and Auld Lang Syne (everyone has sung this one!). A good choice and not too lachrymose. The arrangements could almost stand alone without the vocals and the solos are excellent.

Laura Dickinson is what Barbra Streisand might have been if she'd listened to Ella Fitzgerald instead of Ethel Merman. A wide range, a good sense of timing and some imaginative interpretations suggest that this lady from Orange County, CA is on her way.
Lance.

1 comment :

Elsie Laura Dickinson (on F/b). said...

Woooo, thank you so much Holly and Lance! Very grateful!

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