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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Twelve O'Clock Tales - Claudia Morris.

I must confess that, until this CD landed in the passage, I'd never come across Ms Morris. My occasional trips to The Spice not coinciding with hers and she having spent 18 years away from 'The business'.
In her previous incarnation, I gather, Claudia performed in the West End and with touring companies before giving it all up to raise a family.
Fortunately, now that family is up and grown, she is able to concentrate on performing and this is her second album.
It is delightful - debatable if it is all jazz but who cares for genre! The theatrical background occasionally creeps through which is no bad thing giving as it does an emphasis on the meaning of the lyric. The dramatic nuances in the verse to Lush Life being a case in point.
Frim Fram Sauce is a tasty morsel with a little scatting on the side and a nice trumpet solo.
The opening Taking a Chance on Love swings along with an arrangement that is reminiscent of those classic charts Marty Paich did for Tormé. These ones, by Simon Colam, do the same for Claudia. The accompaniment is packed with jazzmen (as well as a string quartet) and there are solos on most tracks.
My frequent moan is "Do we really need any more girl jazz singers?" On this occasion I'll answer 'Yes'! Lance.
PS: The disc is due out in August. To learn more or to hear a sample visit http://www.claudiamorris-music.com/

1 comment :

Liz said...

Enjoyed Claudia, and in particular "Lush Life"
Liz