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Today Monday June 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

CD Review: Candice Hoyes - On a Turquoise Cloud


(Review by Lance)
Ellington didn't use girl singers a lot but, when he did, they weren't the crooning thrush's favoured by white bands or the blues mamas that most black bands used No, Duke, who let's face it was never a swing band, although, on its day, they could outswing the lot of them. Duke had pretensions but, unlike Paul Whiteman, didn't aim to bring the classical audience down to his level, Duke sought to bring the classical audience up to his level! This he did without resorting to strings (did Ellington ever use strings? I'm sure Colin will remind me if he did!) The only compromise he ever made to the straight music world to which he aspired, and, almost, achieved, was his use of straight singers such as Adelaide Hall and, particularly, Kay Davis.
Candice Hoyes is a very rare bird, an operatic singer with an amazing range who can also fly as a jazzbird without losing her credentials in either genre - available for gigs at Birdland or the Met!
Here she sings like Maria Callas may have done had she been born in Harlem!
With guys like Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Temperley and Ted Nash around there's a whole lot of jazz in there alongside the vocals - or should we call them arias?
It may well be that Duke's acceptance by the 'squares' may not be because of his suites such as Black Brown and Beige but by his use of the operatic soprano - just a thought and Candice, like Kay and Adelaide before her, does nothing to disprove it!
Lance.

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