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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - 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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review: Gabriela Martina - No White Shoes

Gabriela Martina (vocals); Jiri Nedoma (piano); Jussi Reijonen (guitar); Kyle Miles (acoustic/electric bass); Alex Bailey (drums) Anonymous (trumpet? clarinet?)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This week I’m reviewing 2 contrasting CDs, both by women singers and lyricists, and both of mainly original material.  But how different they are!  Ms Martina’s is the less satisfactory CD.  The musicians are very capable and her voice is sweet and pleasant, with a wide vocal range.
  The snag is with the material covered. Too many styles of music are involved, including jazz, folk, funk and some free improvisation, resulting in a confusing mish-mash.  The better tracks are those which are not originals, such as the version of Wayne Shorter’s Witch Hunt, sung as a multi-tracked a cappella song, giving the effect of a choir; and Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia, with its insistent electronic drum beat.
 The other tracks are mainly love songs with titles such as Narcissus; On My Way; Love Me; Origin; Us; No White Shoes; Thirsty Flower. Too many styles come up on the same track, and the free improvisation could have benefited from some editing, but then it wouldn’t have been free, would it?  There is also a mysterious extra musician who is unaccounted for, playing either trumpet quietly, clarinet, or maybe a soprano sax, or it could be a special effect on electric guitar.
I feel sure that this band is capable of much more, as their credentials are sound. Ms Martina was born in Switzerland, and grew up singing and yodelling with her family singing group.  She is now based in the USA, where she studied music and she has performed around the East coast of the USA and beyond.
The album is available only as a download at  or
Ann Alex

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