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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

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January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, September 14, 2012

CD Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - St. Peter and 57th St.

Ben Jaffe (Sousa/ldr); Mark Braud (tpt); Frank Desmond (tmb); Charlie Gabriel (clt); Clint Maedgen (ten/vcl); Rickie Monie (pno); Joe Lastie jnr. (dms).
(Review by Lance).
No personnel given on my promo copy - only the guest artists who appeared at this Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the band's 50th anniversary so the above is an educated guess.
This isn't an album that would ever be played on Smooth Jazz Radio - thank goodness! It's earthy and rough around the edges but it comes from the soul and deals in excitement by the gut bucketful!

George Wein introduces Burgundy St. Blues on which he plays classic blues piano alongside Gabriel whose clarinet has a liquidity of tone that was once the exclusive property of New Orleans clarinettists - maybe it still is.
They move over to Bourbon Street for the Parade  with some strident trumpet from Braud (grandson of former Ellington bassist Wellman Braud).
The mood changes when the PHJB are joined by the Bluegrass Del McCoury Band and One More 'Fore I Die. The two bands gel with good solos from both
Classic New Orleans piano by Allen Touissaint and an appropriate vocal - The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (They put pep in your step and pride in your stride - referring to the effect on the Second Line followers.of the street parade.).
Givers, described as an Indie pop group on Wikipedia, play Just a Closer Walk With Thee and the vocal by Tiffany Lamson is one of the most impassioned renditions I've ever heard! Bonjour Cousin has some Latin style trumpet.
Steve Earle, a folksy bluesy singer, guitarist, songwriter and author tells us T'aint Nobody's Business if I Do. One of the delights of this album is that it is so full of surprises! Tao Seeger - grandson of the great American folk legend Pete Seeger plays Peanut Vendor singing it in Spanish although it is titled El Manicero here. Seeger follows this up with a two part version of St. James Infirmary that brings out all the drama and pathos of this ancient old blues. PHJB recorded Tootie Ma a couple of years back with Tom Waits but here the vocal is by saxist Maedgen.
After Merrill Garbus' Careless Love, It Ain't My Fault sees Mos Def and Trombone Shorty locking slides before the Five Blind Boys of Alabama wrap things up with I'll Fly Away. PHJB are themselves really flying on this one and the prolonged applause at the end was well deserved - I knew exactly how the Carnegie crowd felt - they'd never heard anything quite like this since 1938 when Benny Goodman let Krupa loose on Sing, Sing, Sing!
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - St. Peter and 57th St. (Rounder label) is released on September 25, 2012
Lance.

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