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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Saturday, July 04, 2015

CD Review: Brianna Thomas - You Must Believe In Love

Brianna Thomas (vocal); Allyn Johnson (piano); Yasushi Nakamura (bass); Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums). Also featuring on some tracks: Russell Malone (guitar) Marcus Printup (trumpet); Wycliffe Gordon, Nick Grinder (trombones); Tivon Penticott (tenor sax); Riza Printup (harp)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Ms Thomas, from Peoria, Ill. has sung with jazz greats such as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis both at home and abroad as well as being a jazz educator teaching in New York City schools. 
This is her debut CD.
A varied selection of songs - standards such as Bye Bye Blackbird and Duke Ellington’s Daydream; Stevie Wonder’s Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer; You Must Believe In Spring (Michel LeGrand); and 4 original songs, including the entertaining Bree’s Blues -  sung in a pleasing, ‘smokey’ toned voice accompanied by musicians who, needless to say, are well up to the job.

Personally, I found some of the tracks unappealing as the distinctive style of singing didn’t really grab me. Too much pointless scatting, too fussy and over-dramatic.  I’m even tempted to say that Ms Thomas is a better song writer than performer, as her own songs were rather good.  The guest soloists did well, especially the unusual harp on Lover Of My Soul; this song was a love song (original) with a hymn-like quality. Another original I Should Have Known included a Wycliffe Gordon trombone solo which sounded as if the player was talking through the instrument.  This was very skilled playing but I’m afraid I found it rather disconcerting – other tracks had trombone solos which were more pleasing, straightforward and even tender-sounding.
The tracks I did enjoy included Daydream, with its long effective piano solo; In A Mellow Tone, which was very mellow, particularly the Marcus Printup trumpet solo: Stardust, with just voice and bass; Bree’s Blues and You Must Believe In Spring, which was sung to guitar only.
The CD was issued on Sound On Purpose Records on May 26. See www.briannathomas.com
Ann Alex.

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