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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, February 07, 2016

CD Review: Ira Hill - Tomorrow.

Ira Hill – vocals; John Proulx – piano; Kevin Axt – bass; Dave Tull – drums; Craig Fundyga – vibes; Doug Webb – saxophones; Alex Acuna – percussion; Ramon Stagnaro – guitar; Cheryl Bentyne – vocals.
(Review by Debra M.)
Although just 19 years old, the young American Ira Hill has immersed himself in the vocal jazz tradition of the latter half of the 20th century.  Based in Phoenix, Arizona, and mentored by Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland and Grammy-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts,  Cheryl  Bentyne,  of Manhatten Transfer, was so impressed by him at a jazz singing workshop in LA, she went on to produce  Tomorrow,  his debut album. 
Stylistically broad, the CD includes some relatively obscure material, encompassing swing, Latin, ballad & bebop, and it is disappointing that the composers are not listed (although, the reviewer had fun looking them up). My Funny Valentine is the best known, and possibly an overused, standard. However, the spacious arrangement, with the excellent John Proulx on piano, showcases Ira’s mellifluous voice, as he gives a heartfelt, but not overdone rendition.  The album features a number of bebop numbers, with Eddie Jefferson’s vocalese revisited in Billie’s Bounce; Moody’s Mood for Love  and ‘Cloudburst’ – a recreation of the Hendricks, Lambert & Ross arrangement.  The vocal acrobatics are handled assuredly, along with some pretty fine scatting.  The most contemporary track is the atmospheric Minuano, a nod to Kurt Elling’s version of the Pat Metheny composition.  And to finish off, Mark Murphy’s You’ve Proven Your Point - Yes he has! Watch out for Ira Hill.
Debra.

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