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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Schmazz @ the JazzCafé presents Riff Raff – March 31.

Brigitte Beraha (vocals); George Crowley (sax); Rob Updegraff (guitar); Ivo Neame (keyboards, accordion); Dave Manington (bass); Tim Giles (drums)
(Review by Steve H/ Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Finally, after attending several fairly non challenging gigs, one to excite the musical taste buds. Any technically gifted jazz musician can knock out SummertimeMy Funny Valentine and even Fog on the Tyne to a standard where audience members can take comfort in recognising familiar territory, enjoying a classic tune whilst appreciating the skilled improvisation. Don’t get me wrong The Great American Song Book has stood the test of time and great songs don’t just roll off the conveyor belt every 50 years or so but too much GAS can lead to a lot of hot air. Personally, nothing beats the excitement of hearing brand new sounds. The tune around the corner may not be as good as the old classic but the element of surprise more than makes up for this.
David Manington’s Riff Raff gave an exhilarating and original performance to a packed house in the upstairs room at the Jazz Café on Tuesday night. All members of the sextet perform as a unit rather than individual soloists to create a group dynamic. Brigitte Beraha’s improvised wordless vocals harmonizing perfectly with George Crowley’s sax was very impressive indeed.  The standout pieces of the first set were  Bjork’s Anchor Time (the only non Manington composed piece), The Iliad, which had a bit of everything in it and What shall I Have With My Gravy? which fortunately didn't.
At the interval all seemed very positive awaiting the second set with eager anticipation. We were not disappointed as things just got better and better. It began with Water Torture which was not at all unpleasant. The next two numbers were for me the highlight of the evening and both featured Ivo Neame on accordion to add a further dimension. Danger Pig named after Manington’s young son’s super hero alter ego really hit a groove and this was followed by Crisps With That? a Balkan inspired folksy piece. This segued into a ballad.  Willow Tree with Berha singing actual lyrics to the tune. The final number Hullabaloo  the title track of Riff Raff album was a rip roaring scorcher featuring a right rocky solo from guitarist Rob Updegraff. An encore was demanded and Catch Me the Moon was delivered, Beraha’s vocals again containing actual words, a slight anti-climax maybe after what had just gone before. All in all a fabulous example of  contemporary original Jazz and both the size and diversity of the audience  on the most inclement of nights shows that there is a fine appetite for this sort of fare in Newcastle .
Steve H.



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