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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Redemption Jazz @ The Globe, Newcastle. Feb. 28

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (pno); Keith Tulip (6 string bs gtr); Martin Wake (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wham! Bang! Thank You Mam! The powerhouse that is Redemption Jazz take no prisoners - musical aggression is their forte, triple forte to be precise. They deal out excitement by the truckload and it is a rare bird who isn't carried along in the juggernaut's slipstream.
John Hall (not to be confused with his titled namesake) plays fast and furious, his body language that of a slugger, ducking and weaving as though controlled by some invisible strings, preparatory to landing the knockout blow - why play one note when ten will do? 
Jim Hall (not to be confused with his guitarist namesake who was active in spirit, if not in body, less than a mile away*) impressed in  a somewhat more restrained fashion, Keith Tulip made good use of all six strings and Martin Wake dazzled with intricate percussive patterns.
Mainly self penned compositions, including one dedicated to a local blogger, plus pieces by Coltrane and Corea  made for an evening of Jazz Rock, Fusion, Contemporary, call it what you may but do call again!
In the downstairs bar there was a headbanging band on stage and, for once, the contrast between the two floors wasn't as pronounced as usual!
Lance.
* Over at the Jazz Café, Roly Veitch was playing a Jim Hall Model Sadowsky guitar.

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