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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tina May & Nikki Iles “Raising the Bar” @ Highgate Jazz & Blues Festival. August 25

Tina May (vcl); Nikki Iles (pno) + Brandon Allen (ten)
(Review by Flore - pictured with Tina left and Nikki right)
The musical pairing of Tina and Nikki was inspired by the angels but, here on Earth, the invitation came from Sheffield Jazz  who invited Tina to sing with the Nikki Iles Trio in October 1995.
The rest is history.
Lauderdale House’s  Long Gallery provided an intimate setting for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.
The first set offered a mélange of variety.
Make Someone Happy – seamless changes of tempo. Sun Shower (Kenny Barron) – call and response passages exquisitely defined. Change of Sky (Springer/Harburg) – title track from their first CD together only one word for it – exquisite!
The Touch of Your Lips - a sensitive handling that lead to Brandon Allen, who had been listening attentively,  dashing to join them waving his tenor sax with much enthusiasm before adding his own brand of spice to the brew of … Body and Soul – further  flavours from Tina with a sprinkling of scat.
Daahoud – harnessing the energy from the previous piece to lift us from our seats and ready to cool down.
Suitably cooled, the second set began with Tina’s original composition … Bop Till You Drop. Another seamless change of mood …‘Round Midnight.
A shake of the kaleidoscope and we were treated to a tribute to Norma Winstone ... Ladies in Mercedes. Speak Low (Kurt Weill) – signaled more mood changes. By this time I was trying to absorb a cornucopia of sounds and rhythms to hear Tina after an introduction to draw everything together for an  A capella version of  Come Sunday from Ellington’s Black Brown and Beige Suite which segued into the final Take the A Train. This sent the audience chattering and grinning happily down Highgate Hill to get the A Train at Archway tube station.
There were other items in the programme that I've omitted for the sake of conciseness but it was a great evening.
Flore.

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