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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

CD Review: Great Voices of Harlem - Gregory Porter, Mansur Scott, Donald Smith & Paul Zauner's Blue Brass

Gregory Porter, Mansur Scott (vcls); Donald Smith (vcl/pno/Rhodes); Paul Zauner (tmb); Barney Girlinger (tpt/flug); Klaus Dickbauer (alt/bs clt); Klemens Pilem (ten/alt fl); Martin Reiter (pno/Rhodes); Wolfram Derschmidt (bs); Howard Curtis (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Gregory Porter name on the sleeve should be enough to have the fans scuttling to their nearest Amazon. The discovery that the great man only flies solo on three numbers may halt them in their tracks but it shouldn't. Even if Mr Porter had bought a ticket for Austria, and ended up in Crewe this would still be an important disc  - not least because it brings Mansur Scott and Donald Smith to a wider public.
Scott, 68, raised within a block of Minton's, spent a lot of time in prisons and detention centres and it shows in his singing - he's singing about life, about breaking rocks in prison (Doing Hard Time) and coming to terms with a stroke that left him completely paralysed down one side. You've never heard Stella By Starlight quite like this! You'll want to hear it again.
Smith, brother of renowned jazz/funk/soulster Lonnie Listen Smith, is another hidden Harlem gem - pianist, flautist and uniquely individual singer - My One and Only Love and Watermelon Man break away from  previous versions of these classics. Before the jury go out I think he'll cop for a plea bargain - the plea being originality.
Porter, Greg hadn't yet quite conquered the world when these tracks were recorded (2012) although he'd certainly crossed the Rhine. Superb versions of Moanin', Mona Lisa and Over The Rainbow along with a track where all three handle the vocal give a foretaste of what the world and Hoochie Coochie had in store!. 
The session took place at Stockerau in Austria, produced by trombonist Zauner, who also solos in a most appealing manner as do the other guys. Pilem's tenor brings to mind bygone German sax players such as Klaus Doldinger and Hans Koller (not to be confused with the pianist of the same name). Pilem plays nice flute too.
This one's going to be up there. Gregory on the brink of Greatness, Scott who should have been, and Smith, a truly unique talent. ****¾.
Great Voices of Harlem - Gregory Porter, Mansur Scott, Donald Smith is released on May 22. Distributed in UK by Discovery records.
Lance

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