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Davina Lozier: "So many people never settle into who they really are. They just do what they want to do because they want to be Oscar Peterson or Muddy Waters or Britney Spears. But I am what I am: a chubby, 40-year-old woman who's still doing it." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Monday November 11

Afternoon

Jazz

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. 3:40pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Soft Machine - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 7:30pm. £17.50.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yellow Jackets/Ronnie Scott All-Stars @ Ronnie Scott's March 19, 2013.

Russell Ferrante (pno/keys); Felix Pastorius (bs); William Kennedy (dms); Bob Franceschino (ten/sop).
(Review by Lance)
The Yellow Jackets have been going for around 30 years, albeit with fluctuations of personnel. This version was, I guess, as good as any. Certainly the capacity crowd at Ronnie Scott's thought so.
It is jazz/rock fusion - remember that genre? - and it brought back the sounds of the 1980's only somewhat updated.
All four are superb musicians with Franceschino proving an able replacement for Bob Mintzer. Blistering, virulent, paint-stripping tenor solos are his forté. Split note harmonics up in the stratosphere contrasted with soft moments of tenderness. Soprano sax sounded good too. You can't beat the old Mark VIs. Back in New York he leads a band called "Them" - I'd like to hear them.
On six string bass guitar Pastorius gives truth to the saying 'Like father like son' - I'm sure Jaco would be proud of him.
Russell Ferrante was effective on piano and keyboard whilst Kennedy led from the rear and gave a display of powerhouse drumming in his imaginative solos.
Two excellent back to back sets that even the occasional ideciveness didn't mar.
In support,, the Ronnie Scott All-Stars - Pete Long (clt); James Pearson (pno); Sam Burgess (bs); Chris Higginbottom (dms) - played extended versions of One O'Clock Jump, Lullaby of the Leaves, and Stone Fox Chase.
Long was in fine form with multii-chorus post Goodman solos whilst Pearson indicated just why he has been house pianist/md for so long. Bass and drums combined to make this set more than just mere support.
Lance.

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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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