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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Swing Manouche featuring Daniel John Martin @ the Jazz Café

Daniel John Martin (vln/vcl); Mick Shoulder (gtr); Giles Strong (gtr); Paul Edis (clt); Paul Susans (bs). (Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The room was crowded and justifiably so although one or two kept their coats and mufflers on! These days I think that Gipsy Jazz has taken over the role once occupied by Trad Jazz in the eye of the public inasmuch as it's foot tapping and not too demanding on the ear. Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche. which developed from his equally appealing Djangologie, took on a new dimension last night with the addition of French violinist and occasional vocalist (and whistler) Daniel John Martin.
Martin is quite unique. Unlike most hot club fiddlers he doesn't follow the Grappelli route instead he's very much his own homme. If there are any outside influences, and I say if advisedly, then perhaps it's another Frenchman - Jean-Luc Ponty.
From the opening Coquette everything gelled with le  bon monsieur spiriting the Jazz Café away from Pink Lane to the Rue du Coq in Montmartre.
Bandleader bassist turned guitarist Shoulder opened up a few eyes, impressing all with his technique and his affinity to the idiom.
On bass tonight was Paul Susans depping for Neil Harland. As always, he did the business.
Caesar Swing gave way to Martin's first vocal - It Had to be You - then Strong was featured on a bolero, the full title of which escaped me. Giles too is a player, sliding seamlessly from rhythm to solo. Edis on clarinet, as opposed to piano, although in minimalist mode was no less effective and added to the overall tonal picture as did Martin's next trick - a unison chorus of whistling and pizzicato violin!
J'Attendrai brought a shriek of delight from Patti resulting in an invite from the stage for her to sing it - an invitation she declined!
Take Zee A Train and Minor Swing concluded the first set.
There was a buzz in the air during the interval. The kind of buzz you only get when the audience knows they are witnessing something special.
Activities got underway again with I'll See You in my Dreams. Nuages began with a violin introductory cadenza of Kreisler-like virtuosity before the quintet embarked on this most loved piece of the hot club repertoire.
All of Me, another vocal, included a violin/vocal scat chorus that somehow seemed to segue into a Bach fugue!
Giles took the lead on 51 Swing before the big finale on Dark Eyes.
It had been quite a night and, if you missed out, catch them tonight at Bishop Auckland Town Hall or Queen's Hall, Hexham, on Friday night (Details in top right hand column.)


Patti said...

What a great night!! And it would have been totally spoiled for everyone if I had tried singing .....

Liz said...

this is very much like the Gypsy Jazz evenings at the Victoria Vaults , here in York. Every other one is 17th Feb...

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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