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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dave Weisser & Alan Law @ The Jazz Café. March 25

Dave Weisser (vocals & trumpet) & Alan Law (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Good Friday at the Jazz Café. American ex-pat trumpeter and vocalist Dave Weisser played a long overdue gig focusing on his singing. Let’s make that Dave Weisser the  vocalist and trumpeter. Working in the company of pianist Alan Law, the set list took Chet Baker and Mose Allison as its inspiration. A relaxed Weisser – black and white cool school trumpeter’s t-shirt and cap – opened with Let’s Get Lost, huh? The huh? being the American’s invitation into his jazz world, a world as real as any other, and infinitely preferable to most.
I Love the Life I Live with its lower register drawl checked out Mose Allison. Weisser went from bass notes to trademark falsetto with consummate ease. DW’s muted horn played the occasional solo, low level reverb on the mic for clarity of horn and vocals. Pianist Alan Law, his back to DW, played his part as accompanist and soloist. Latino rhythms largely suppressed for the occasion, Law was well worth hearing on his own. Georgia, This Masquerade (Weisser’s spot-on vocals) and, for Sylvia, Nature Boy. As ever, Weisser impressed with his singing, but equally his ability to recall a lyric never fails to impress.
Weisser took time out to thank his longtime friend, pianist Barrie Ascroft, for many of the arrangements on this Pink Lane gig. DW’s contacts are many and a fair number of them were in attendance. We heard some Girl Talk, some scatting, the early hours Set ’em up Joe two-hander – not quite a quarter to three, more like a quarter to eleven, and Night and Day. Chet, West Coast, the Pretzel Logic of Steely Dan, the Muse of Miles, Bye Bye Blackbird, muted horn, audience singing, cool school style. Paul Gowland on soprano saxophone made a cameo appearance as a most enjoyable night drew to a close.
Russell.                           

4 comments :

Mal Maddock (on F/b) said...

So good to hear Dave mentioned.... A real proper jazz guy !

Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b) said...

sure is!!!

Bill Rudd (on F/b) said...

Canny scat singer too,

Lance said...

I opted out as I thought, from the blurb, it was just going to be Dave singing. Nothing wrong with that 'cept Dave without the trumpet or Dave, without the singing means you're only getting half a loaf! Do it again and I'll be first in the queue!

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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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