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13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 6:45pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm. .
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. .
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

CD Review- Introducing The Verve.

Jon Hanser (keys, Voice, tpt, compositions); Kenny Shanker (sax, keys, voice);Brian Fishler (dms, perc., voice) + special guests - Richard Bona (bs); Andrea Valentini (dms); Danny Conga (perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Firstly, let me say I like this CD - I don't love it - but I do like it. The musicality is rather special with Shanker outstanding and the tunes are, generally, only a few degrees short of memorable. Difficult to categorise it, I would guess Smooth might be close.

The blurb describes it as  "An exciting mix of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Merging improvisational music with World Pop and original songs." 
There is a compulsion about the CD that has half of me wanting to bop around the room whilst the other half is saying - "Act your age!" 
Miles' Joshua has, like most of the tracks, a Latin/jazz feel to it. Solos pop up all over the place and, in a more conventional setting would get the nod. All sorts of things spring to mind - Spiro Gyra, Grover Washington, Hoochie Coochie, New Years Eve in Downtown Rio. 
I don't quite see the connection between Johnny Hartman and Britney's  2011 hit I Wanna Go but it's a good track anyway. Yes, I could party to The Verge and there's actually a percussionist on the disc named Danny Conga - you couldn't make it up! Then again, maybe you could...
Now where did I put those dancing shoes? 
Introducing The Verge hits the streets on November 20. Danger Productions inc.
Lance.

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