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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Schmazz presents The Jonathan Silk Big Band

(Preview)
For at least the past couple of decades big jazz units have tended to fall into two camps - those that draw their inspiration from the Swing Era, with the various sections (reeds, trumpets, trombones) riffing in unison, and those that play more with the varied orchestral textures that can be achieved through different combinations of instruments.
The great thing about the Jonathan Silk band is that it straddles that divide. There's plenty of big band drive, as you might expect from an outfit led by a drummer, but Jonathan's extensive experience of writing for smaller groups is reflected in interesting juxtapositions that don't interrupt the flow of the music, but unfailingly lend it the sound of surprise. It's new and very tasty wine in an old and much loved bottle.What also makes this band stand out is the quality of the musicians involved. They may not be household names (jazz musicians have to be dead before they achieve that status), but they've all been forged in the white heat of the vibrant Birmingham scene, and the band's debut CD 'Uncouth' features a constant stream of outstanding solos. So if you're in the mood for an exciting 15-piece big band (but preferably without 'In the Mood'), this is an unmissable gig.
Tickets on sale in advance from Reflex : 0191 2603246, from the Jazz Cafe and online at www.seetickets.com Further info. from www.jazznortheast.com.
Tonight (July 28) @ 8pm Black Swan Bar & Venue, Newcastle Arts Centre, 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. £12 & £10 concessions.

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