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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Stravena @ Hoochie Coochie 8/5/13

Sarah Travena (sop sax/flute) Mark Williams (guitar) Alan Law (piano) John Pope (bass) Mark Robertson (Drums)
(Review by Ed Case)
A very well attended night at Hoochie Coochie kicked off with a flawless arrangement of No More Blues, Sarah's sop. sax making light work of the many changes and the rhythm section kept the piece firmly placed in Brasilia. 
How High the Moon was excellently handled by Sarah, floating over the band, ornamenting beautifully a loose interpretation of the melody rubato before kicking it into tempo with a three times tag. As if this wasn't pleasing enough the whole thing morphed into Ornithology half way through with Mark and Sarah taking an obviously well rehearsed dual head. (Sounds filthy!)
Angel Eyes was beautifully brought in with sax and guitar harmonising over a Dave Liebman composition, setting a precedent for Sarah’s sax to bring real thought to a very tenderly played piece. Mark Williams took up the B languidly, making as much of a statement with his use of dynamics as the notes he chose; as ever, improving and owning any tune he embarks on.
The whole band took a nice change of pace, heading towards a rolling, gospel feel for Joe Zawinul’s Country Preacher, its laid back Cannonball groove working very well in the context of the set and piqued the interest of even the non ‘jazz’ members of the audience.
All or Nothing at All fairly skipped along, the work of John Pope and Mark Robertson allowing Sarah to take a tasteful and brief solo to finish the first set. The band leaving the stage so quickly some of us thought they had split up...
But no, Alan Law opened the second set with a solo account of All the Things You Are, a nice defined ‘Oscary’ moment before the band joined into a medium swing over a dinky motif.  Mark’s solo playfully quoting from some equally well known pieces, all the time being fully supported by John’s bass playing. Some fours allowed Mark Robertson to come to the fore (no pun..), his sense of humour obvious even when its medium is wordless.
Chucho had some drunks - sorry, punters - dancing at the bar but they were at a loss as what to do over Donna Lee Ha! Not surprised, it was a fair clip.
The classic There Will Never be Another You’ was never allowed to descend into cliche, the band really proving that an accomplished group of musicians can bring a fresh feel to any tune, no matter how many times it’s been played. The solo’s taken by Sarah, Alan, Mark and John were kept consistently interesting not only by the sense of personality each brought but the rhythm section’s refusal to rest on their laurels, the pedal John wrought over the end of Mark's solo a particular high for me. And one member audibly shouting ‘8’s, 4’s, 2’s!’ over the rest of the band meant the fun was only starting.
They finished with a funk (don’t know what it was) giving Sarah a chance to break out her flute and for Mark to use some of the extensive effects he had with him. Shame the flute was only out for the one song but well worth it regardless.
I really hope this band continue in this vein, a hugely promising start to Sarah Travena as a saxophonist and leader. 
Ed Case

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