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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

CD Review: Helen Tzatzimakis - Soulfully

Helen Tzatzimakis (voice); Stelios Chatzikaleas (trumpet); Manos Athanasiadis (piano, arrangements); Antonis Arvanitis (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Ms Tzatzimakis is currently studying for a doctorate in Modern Greek Literature and she is a linguist and poet.  She has won prizes for her singing and her voice has an extensive range with many tonal colours, sweet, pleasantly nasal, deep, or light and gentle. 
This is her second CD, which includes jazz standards and songs from Greece and other countries.  The piano is especially skilled and the trumpet and bass do their stuff well.  I found that I preferred some tracks more than others, as the Greek songs in particular are sung in a rather over-dramatic cabaret style, but maybe that is the way such songs are meant to be done.  Nearly every song on the CD is very slow except for Youkali, a tango (Fernay/Weill) and I longed for a bit more variety of speed.  I don’t think soulful, sad songs always need to be slow.
Having said all that, such tracks as Crazy (the well known country song); Ne Me Quittes Pas; Don’t Explain and Youkali were all enjoyable.  The Marianne Faithful song So Sad used electronic effects lavishly, which some listeners would find a bit much.  The Greek song Ederlezi had an interesting middle Eastern feel with an echo effect.
The CD was issued on the Cobalt Music label on March 3, 2015.
Ann Alex.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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