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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

CD Review: Kate Williams' Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio - Finding Home

Kate Williams (piano); Georgia Mancio (voice); John Garner, Maria Schreer (violins); Francis Gallagher (viola); Sergio Serra (cello); Oli Hayhurst (bass)); David Ingarmells (drums) + John Williams (guitar on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).

A cracking album - I've come to expect nothing less from Georgia. A lunchtime gig at Cadogan Hall some years back planted the seed which bore fruit when I heard her on disc,  and later live with Alan Broadbent at GIJF. Since then I've checked her out and regretted I haven't been able to get down to Pizza Express for her justly acclaimed ReVoice sessions.
Finding Home fills that gap. The voice is as smooth as silk. Kate Williams' Four Plus Three - a successful merger of piano trio and string quartet - provide the perfect accompaniment to the mix of standards and originals. On the originals, with the exception of  Alan Broadbent's Tell the River, Kate Williams composed the music and Georgia the lyrics. From the title track - I find a way forward and now I know my way back.

Clever words that typify the various stories the singer conveys with her lyrics. The subjects are varied. Two of the subjects - the refugee crisis and our place in the natural world - are so far removed from what we expect to hear and yet they hit the spot. Perhaps they even make the listener realise that there are more important things to be concerned about than the price of a pint or whether your team will be relegated - maybe even more important than the B word.

Kate's father, the world-renowned classical guitarist John Williams is featured on 2 tracks whilst the string quartet includes John Garner on violin who is not unknown in the northeast.

Although the album isn't officially released until June 1, it can be obtained from  from https://www.georgiamancio.com/ Georgia and Kate take the band on the road with gigs in April, May, June and July. Sadly, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, seems to be the most 'northerly' point. An all too familiar story. It would be interesting to know why an Arts Council England/Lottery funded project isn't being taken up by our local promoters. Is it the bands who are reluctant to travel north or the promoters who feel the music is too way out or maybe not way out enough?

An album that  I found to be delightful in a thought-provoking way.
(Listen to a compilation).
Lance.

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