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Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

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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.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

CD Review: Ernie Krivda - Requiem for a Jazz Lady.

Ernie Krivda (ten); Lafayette Carthon (pno); Marion Hayden (bs); Renell Gonsalves (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Described as "A heartfelt love letter to his native city [Cleveland, Ohio]," Requiem for a Jazz Lady is, although basically a happy record showing off Krivda's big sound; Herschel Evans, Ike Quebec, Guy Lafitte just some of the names that are triggered off by his full, round, tone, it is also steeped in tragedy. The title track reflects on the brutal murder in 1964 of 16 year old Beverly Jarosz. A crime still unsolved but recently re-opened by a cold case division.* This was at a time when Krivda was making his way around the Cleveland jazz scene, gradually making a name in his home town, and the music, apart from Requiem, is inspired by happier memories of those days. It's the kind of tenor we rarely hear now apart from say Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton (and, of course, our own Steve Andrews). 
Ernie Krivda is on that elevated level.
Carthon is the perfect foil, his solos matching the leader's with Hayden and Gonsalves rock solid throughout.
All but one of the compositions are Krivda's, Billy Reid's I'll Close my Eyes being the exception.
A beautiful mixture of joy and sorrow. 
Requiem for a Jazz Lady is released by Capri Records on Nov. 17.
Lance.

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