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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

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

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Friday, March 16, 2012

CD Review: Brad Mehldau Trio - Ode.

Brad Mehldau (pno), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jeff Ballard (dms)

Contemporary jazz encompassing the nostalgic sounds of the past which are gracefully spoken at the present day by the body, mind and soul of Brad Mehldau and his trio. This project is all about Mehldau's original compositions, with a focus on tributes to other people: including "MB" (Michael Brecker), "Kurt Vibe" (Kurt Rosenwinkel) and "Stan The Man" (Stan Getz). Mehldau wrote these tunes with ode in mind; a lyrical poem on a particular subject that could also be sung. Swing, waltz, bop and rock-fused ballad grooves are present and embellished by Grenadier and Ballard. Mehldau's call and response between the right and left hand is uplifting and inspirational. His seductive melodies entice the listener to follow the song like a story. Moreover, Grenadier tells some great stories too. I think the trio have done a great job reflecting the emotions and feelings they get from the people who they are paying tribute too; a melancholy reminder of those who are not with us any more and a powerful expression from the music of how they came to inspire Mehldau.

Ode.

Harley J.

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