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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

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

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

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

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

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

CD Review: Andre Canniere – The Darkening Blue

Andre Canniere (trumpet), Brigitte Beraha (voice), Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone), Ivo Neame (piano, keyboards & accordion), Michael Janisch (electric & double bass) & Ted Poor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Trumpeter Canniere writes: ‘…I’ve been crazy about the work of Rilke and Bukowski for some time.’ This is a third Whirlwind Recordings’ release by the London-based trumpeter featuring a total of ten compositions inspired by the above literary sources, of which, five incorporate the ‘voice’, as distinct from ‘vocals’, of Brigitte Beraha.

Stephen Mitchell’s translations of Rilke’s texts are interpreted by Beraha on tracks one to three, and again on tracks eight and nine. Andre Canniere states ‘So if I can turn listeners onto some great poetry [] then that’s great.’ Does the listener gain anything knowing The Darkening Blue was informed by literary texts? Does the music make a statement in, and of, itself? The musicianship is beyond reproach; Canniere is consistently impressive, Tori  Freestone’s tenor playing equally so, Ivo Neame switches from piano to keyboards (retro on occasion) to accordion, and label boss Michael Janisch works alongside drummer Ted Poor.

Stylistically, Canniere’s new CD embraces ‘art music’ texts, occasional swing time, and a Milesian fusion blow out vying with a drum ‘n’ bass section for up tempo honours. Andre Canniere’s The Darkening Blue is released on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4693) on 14 October. A British tour begins at the Pizza Express, London on 10 October, Birmingham 11, Wavendon 18, Dempseys, Cardiff 19, with other dates during November, concluding at JATP Jazz in Bradford on 16 December.

Russell.                     

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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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