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August

Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Friday, January 22, 2016

CD Review: Allison Au - Forest Groove.

Allison Au (alt); Todd Pentney (pno/keys/B3); John Maharaj (bs); Fabio Ragnelli (dms); Felicity Williams (vcl - 3 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
Apart from Oscar Peterson, I've never thought of Canada as anything other than a poor relation of the USA in jazz terms - a big brother in many other ways I hasten to add! However, back in 2014 I heard the Allison Au Quartet's first album The Sky Was Pale Blue Then Grey  and I was impressed. That impressiveness remains with this new album.

Canada has found a new jazz ambassador - I'm sure Oscar would  agree even though,or possibly because, she played a different instrument!
What is sure is that, irrespective of sexism - or should it be saxism? Allison indicates that the bar has been raised from that superb first album. 
Original compositions, drawn from a myriad of genres - Latin, ballad, swing, rock (ish) - the girl (there I've said it!) proves to be not only a superb jazz sax player but also a composer of considerable merit, Imagine hearing Paul Desmond today - inventive, exploratory, but not aiming for Planet X, just maybe Jupiter or Mars. You've got the picture.
Add the rhythm section and maybe Allison has Saturn within reach - next stop Uranus!
The band tour Canada during Feb/March with a couple of gigs down in LA and another cross border trip to Portland Oregon (Say hello to Becky Kilgore for me!)
Lance
Book me on a flight to Toronto!

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