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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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.

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

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Natalie Williams Trio @ Cadogan Hall

Natalie Williams (vcl); Phil Peskett (pno); Robin Mullarkey (bs).
(Review by Lance)
Cadogan Hall is one of the nicest concert halls and, even the smaller Culford Room was an impressive setting with its pillars and celtic knotted ceiling. It made for an intimate, yet very well attended lunchtime gig.
This was the first time I'd heard Ms Williams and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. From the opening bars of Falling in love With Love I felt the disappointment of having the plug pulled on tonight's Seth McFarlane gig at Ronnie's quickly ebb away. This girl is the biz!
Skylark, Come Rain or Come Shine (where she paused mid-chorus to admonish a member of the audience for allowing their mobile to ring in the wrong key!) Sleeping Bee and The Old Country from the well known lp by Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley all served to rubber stamp her credentials as she swooped and soared, taking liberties with the lyric and the melody but always getting home on time!
Lazy Afternoon was just that - relaxed and laid back. Nobody Out There Like You - an original of Natalie's - was an absolute gem leading us into Stevie Wonder's Love's in Need of Love Today.
Interval time and, although some left, there were plenty others to take their place.
Throughout all this, Phil Peskett was outstanding on the Yamaha Grand with solos that must surely have spurred Ms Williams to reach the heights she did. Mullarkey on bass guitar was also a vital element both in support and solo.
The shorter second set was more contemporary with numbers by Metheny, The Bee Gees and a couple of originals that showed her to be no mean composer either.
Seth McFarlane? - Never heard of him!
Lance.

3 comments :

Liz said...

I love that number "sleepin' bee" remember Barbra Streisand singing it in "Funny girl"not an easy number to sing either. Sounds as though you were as thrilled with Cadogan Hall as I was earlier in the year Lance
Liz

Anonymous said...

Anyone help me with the name of the Metheny track so beautifully delivered? Think the Bee Gees one was "Emotions" originally relaesed by Samantha Sang in 1978. Great gig, outstandingly entertaining.

Lance said...

The Metheny tune was "James". Don't ask me who James was!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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