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Postage

16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

May

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Steinway Festival @ Pizza Express, Dean St., Soho. March 21.

Jason Rebello & Dave Newton - Gabor Cseke & James Nagy - Alex Wilson & Cesar Correa +  Will Fry (perc.); Elpidio Caicado (bs). (Piano duos).
(Review by Lance.)
With Dave Newton and Jason Rebello opening the batting we knew this was going to be a mighty fine way to treat a couple of Steinways! Dreamy and reflective they meandered down Green Dolphin Street building it up then gently letting it down. This was no cutting contest but a respectful mutual admiration society as they bounced phrases off each other. Katie's Song, written by Newton for his daughter, is a gorgeous theme that exudes the love that surely inspired it.
Herbie Hancock's little known Just No Use had a long, introspective intro by Rebello but it was Hello Blackbird - think about the title - that brought the house down At times, I swear, they were playing twenty note chords which makes for a big fat blackbird!
A short break and a chance to chat to Sue and John on my adjoining table as well as downing a Peroni and finishing my Margherita pizza before the next duo.
After my pizza I wasn't hungry but the guys on stage were - from Hungary.
Gabor Cseke and James Nagy didn't let the temperature fall with a program that verged, at times, on the classical but with lots of modern harmonies, blues phrasing and even bebop lines on a piece by Liszt! 
Sue and John were waxing eloquently about Alex Wilson and justifiably so! In tandem with Peruvian Cesar Correa plus bass and percussion they gave Besame Mucho a workout the like of which I'm sure it had never known before. Kiss me again, besame mucho is how the song goes - believe you me they did a lot more than kiss - they made mad passionate love to the beautiful instruments!
This was Latin piano taken to the limit! and this was a Pier 6 brawl with both pianists going for the jugular helped along by the magnificent rhythms of the percussionist and the bass guitarist - Will Fry and Senor Elpidio Caicado.
When Wilson made reference to his sax-playing best mate who toured the world with Stevie Winwood I knew who he was talking about - Paul Booth. Later, talking to Alex, it turns out Paul was Alex's best man! - Small world.
Lance.
PS: Don't bring your kids with you - they'll want a Steinway for Xmas and Santa will never get it down the chimney. Come to think about it, how did they get two of the thoroughbreds down into the Pizza Express basement? Down the old side entrance staircase I guess.

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