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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. 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.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Linda Sharrock Group/Knotts/MacCalman and Pope @ Black Swan, Newcastle. - May 7, A JNE ‘Women Make Music’ presentation

Linda Sharrock (voice); Mario Rechtern (saxophones); Derek Saw (trumpet & flugelhorn); John Jasnoch (guitar); Charlie Collins (drums & percussion).
(Review/photos by Ken Drew.)
The quartet of guitar, brass (various) and drums played fervently with regular and sometimes sporadic interjections from Linda’s vocalese in the form of wailing, screaming, moans and whelping. Linda‘s soaring, swelling sound is just as penetrating as it is striking. The many repetitions of short phrases served to drive the quartet into searching deep into the corners of the soaring, swirling and dynamic soundscape they created.
A superb performance. Yet energy draining to an extent that it was an endurance test of voice, quartet and indeed audience of how to hold everyone’s attention with much repetition, yet not, with screaming, yet varied, and with shrill-energy draining and exhausting vocals, yet not.   What a very powerful performance, not just by Linda but by the whole ensemble who were perfectly matched - Berlin born saxophone master Mario Rechtern together with leading UK improvisers Charlie Collins, John Jasnoch, and Derek Saw.  Amazing.  And yet another improv gig which will leave a lasting impression.

Shelley Knotts (electronics); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax); John Pope (bass)
Earlier, the trio of Knotts, MacCalman and Pope,  playing an opening set of around 30 minutes, gave a unique performance, proving themselves to be some of the most interesting young players on the local improvised music scene. I can’t do justice to the performance but the ebb & flow of background electronics nicely complemented the Bass and Sax interplay, with solos along the way. Hopefully we’ll see them again soon with our appetites suitably whetted! Ken.

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