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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday September 16



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.



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Thursday, February 11, 2010

New release from Tommy Whittle.

Tubbs, Ronnie, Danny Moss may be gone but there are still a few Grandmasters left on the British tenor scene.
Don Rendell, of course, Vic Ash and a personal favourite - Tommy Whittle.
Tommy's two recent (ish) CDs on the Spotlite label have brought home to me just how wonderful a tenor player he still is. Now in his 80s he blows with the zest and enthusiasm of youth.
The tone is rounder and perhaps more related to, say, Lucky Thompson than the Getzian approach he once favoured yet the playing is as melodic and lyrical as ever.
On "The Tenor Connection" , rated in Jazz Journal's Critics Poll as no. 3 in the New Releases of 2009 section, Tommy pays tribute to some of his favourite tenor players - Lucky, Lester, Byas, Zoot...
With Mark Nightingale on trombone, Richard Busiakiewicz on piano (how much would Pee-wee Marquette demand to announce that name correctly at Birdland?) Jim Richardson, bass and Bobby Worth drums this is one of those discs that can stand, head held high, on either side of the Atlantic.
Listen to Tommy's wistful exploration of Lucky's A Lady's Vanity this is musical confection of the highest order. Likewise The Things We Did Last Summer his gentle exposition of the melody gets to the very heart of the song I almost believed I'd found an explanation for that 'sudden Summer rain' so convincing was his playing!
I'm already in danger of wearing it out.
PS: It is quite a while since Tommy was last at Blaydon and it would be lovely if Roly were to bring him back one more time but, needs must...
I note Tommy, along with Karen Sharp is at Boston Spa on March 27 which also happens to be the weekend of the Gateshead Sage Jazz Festival... How I'd love to have seen this coupling at the Festival but I guess it is not cutting edge enough for the Sage although Whittle and Sharp does sound a bit cutting edgy...

1 comment :

Liz said...

"I never could explain
that sudden summer rain..."
that is such a clever line, covering such a suggestive hidden agenda (at least that is how I have always read it!)

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