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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

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

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CD Review: Nina Simone Collector Edition.

(Review by Lance.)
Now  this  is  what  I call a classic! 19 tracks by one of the most versatile (insert your own genre)  performers  both as a singer and a pianist as well as a civil rights activist. My Baby Just Cares For Me - what pianist hasn't tried   to   emulate  Simone's  intro  and  solo?  Big  band  backing  for  a Stomping  at  the  Savoy  that draws comparison with Ella's version and loses  nothing  by  it. You've Been Gone Too Long has some scintillating, unidentified  but  vaguely familiar, trumpet work. The voice digs deep into pain  and  sorrow  on  Gin  House  Blues,  Wild  is  the  Wind, I'll Look Around, and Blue Prelude.

The jaunty I Love To Love, the wistful Where Can I Go Without You? Just Say I Love Him has more angst as well as a delightful piano introduction and some plaintive guitar lines intertwining with the vocal.
Forbidden Fruit a rockin' take on the scenario in the Garden of Eden that is an absolute hoot! Exactly Like You - laid back vocal and piano solo from one of several live performances.
The Other Woman is one of the most evocative songs ever written. Written, not surprisingly, by a woman, Jesse Mae Robinson, Simone injects the feeling the lyricist intended and maybe one or both were singing/writing from experience... Billie's Fine and Mellow is followed by Summertime as an instrumental and then again as a vocal that really does suggest that the living is easy and a piano accompaniment that builds up to a tremendous climax before easing off to let the voice draw it to a gentle close.
When Nina Simone left us in 2003 we said goodbye to one of the great voices.
Nina Simone Collector is released by Warner International on Sept. 10, 2012. - Samples.
Lance.

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