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Stewart Copeland: "The group [Last Exit] was dire. They'd do these really jazzy numbers that started with little swishes on the piano or the cymbals...."

- (Melody Maker September 22, 1979)

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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

Lee Bates - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CD Review - “Benoit Viellefon Hot Club live at the Quecumbar“

Benoit Viellefon (vcl/gtr), Pedro Velasco (gtrs); Geoffrey Threadgold (dbl bs); Dave Shulman (sax/clt); Peter Horsfall (tpt); Peter Watson (acc).
(Review by Lance).
The Quecumbar is London's and possibly Europe's most renowned Gypsy Jazz venue so it was a natural place for the Benoit Viellefon Hot Club to record this, their most recent CD.
In a field that has no shortage of competition both at home and abroad it says much for Benoit's ensemble that they can bear comparision with any of them. There is an authenticity about the sound and the solos that make it hard to believe that this isn't an actual pre-war recording - which for this type of band is the ultimate accolade. (This effect was obtained by the use of a single recording mic.)

It's unfair to single out individuals but I found Shulman's clarinet particularly appealing. Part of his unique individuality probably stems from his background in Klezmer/Balkan music. Trumpeter Horsfall plays within his comfort zone utilising lots of tonal effects whilst the accordion, double bass and  two guitars ensure that the Romany Rhythm is maintained.
The choice of material varies from Django classics such as Douce Ambience, Minor Swing and Daphne; Gasbook classics such as All of Me, Caravan, After You've Gone, Whispering as well as several originals from Benoit himself. who also adds his distinctive vocal chords to several tunes..
In many ways this is the most refreshing brand of Gypsy Jazz I've heard since the early days of Waso.
Check them out.
The CD “Benoit Viellefon Hot Club live at the Quecumbar“ (JohnJohn Records) is launched at The Royal Albert Hall this Thursday July 12.
Lance.



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