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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

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: 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: 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: 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).

Friday, November 22, 2013

Carol Grimes @ Lauderdale House, London Jazz Festival. November 21.

Carol Grimes (vocals); Dorian Ford (piano);Annie Whitehead (trombone); Neville Malcom (bass);  Winston Clifford (drums).
(Review by Flore).
'If you want to get ahead get a hat and head for Lauderdale House'. The temperature doesn't just dive in Newcastle, North London also has its share of howling winds, and below zero temperatures. 
Carol rapidly  warmed the audience up with red hair flowing topped by a snazzy hat  at a jaunty angle, her way of warning off  winter's bugs.
1. All Blues, already the packed audience were anything but blue.
2.Little Sister, with drummer Winston interjecting 'Call my Name', who wouldn't?
3.’Round Midnight, Carol chose Oscar Brown’s lyric, ably philosophising (is there such a word)?.........'as one day gets spent we gain another'.......through all this a speedy tempo, but was toned down for some poetry.......'the ghost of Thelonious Monk visits me'......and we are enveloped in a cha cha rhythm to conclude  on a high. By this point the audience were agog!

4.Scars, Fran Landesman lyric, Simon Wallace score. Again very profound lyric, but true to Carol’s inimitable style, delivered  with a twist. How does Annie manage to get her trombone to slide to a whispering finish?
5.Innards,  Only Carol could write a lyric naming  parts of the anatomy, and Dorian perform such an alluring solo, punctuated by Annie 'growling' ( I was privileged to have a seat behind Dorian which allowed me to  see the silent communication between  the triangle of piano bass and drums).
6.The Dance, once again lyric by Carol, music Dorian. Carol said her inspiration came from paintings by Marc Chagall.  This piece was a superb vehicle for solos from all the group. Hope Chagall was tuned into the multi coloured ending to the first set. The audience clamouring to buy the current CD featuring pieces performed.
7.Annie's Little Red Trombone;  Carol was inspired to pen this when Annie  arrived as a party guest  bearing a red plastic(made in China) Trombone.  I couldn't stop giggling to listen to the lyrics but a lot of 'red' was mentioned.....'beetroot salad, red beans’........comedy  switched to virtuosity with Winston pairing with Dorian on piano, and also scatting  with Neville on bass.
8.But I was Cool;  An open invitation with a blues flavour to let it all hang out, Annie 'growled', possibly to draw a veil across some four letter words, Carol’s voice soared to falsetto, a signal for musicians mayhem, ending as it began, being 'Cool'
9.Tree and Me;  Change of mood, Carol introduced this as a favourite of her daughters.  Again, for me the lyric was profound, with the musicians  offering a sound basis, for Carol to then present herself  in a totally different way, once more tongue in cheek
10.New Coat of Paint; Tom Waits. I suspect a very different version to the original. Opportunity for more 'growling' from Annie (she does it like no other). In a nutshell -Honky Tonk.
11.Ship Building;  Elvis Costello, yet again thought provoking material, delivered  in an upbeat way, turning  the theme upside down, as they say 'that's Jazz'
12.Rags and Old Iron; I am certain  that this Nina Simone classic was as they say in the trade, a 'Big Finish', with all the signs of a mini Musical.  It drew all the threads together, but left the audience hungry for more. 

A stellar choice for the London Jazz Festival.  I take my hat off to Brian Blane for selecting such  a galaxy of stars.  Definitely a case for Keeping Jazz Live.
Flore

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