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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Monday, November 21, 2016

John Wilson Orchestra w. Kim Criswell & Matthew Ford @ Sage Gateshead - November 21.

 












(Review by Lance).


My timbers shivered as I awaited the Quaylink bus to paddle me to Sage Gateshead - it was that kind of day! It occurred to me that I wouldn't have endured this weather to see the films let alone the songs and soundtracks. However, meeting up with Liz, Margaret, Valerie and Jane soon warmed me up and, upon reflection, often the songs and soundtracks were better than the storylines anyway. Certainly, the near capacity audience at this matinee seemed to think so.
No way could it be described as a jazz gig although there were quite a few jazz names in the line-up.
Alfred Newman's Street Scene from How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) is one of the most evocative film scores and even without Monroe, Bacall & Grable I wasn't complaining. After all, I had Liz, Valerie, Jane and Margaret. And then Kim!
Ms. Criswell sang I'm the Greatest Star from Funny Girl and, if she isn't, then she should be. Love of my Life from The Pirate gave way to Matthew Ford telling us that Something's Gotta Give (Daddy Long Legs, 1955).
The program promised Laura but it turned out she was only a dream and, instead, we got a ballet sequence from Forever Darling - Confetti. I'd have preferred Laura
Ford returned for If Ever I Should Leave You (Camelot 1967) and it set, I'm sure, a few ladies hearts a fluttering.
Kim returned for So Long, Dearie from Hello Dolly. This was the showstopper! She had it and she flaunted it and the song contained the immortal line; "I should have said ' so long', so long ago."
The set finished with part of the soundtrack of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
A 45-minute set and a short interval saw us back on our seats for the overture to My Fair Lady then a suite from A Place in the Sun. Two long orchestral pieces in a row had some of the audience losing the plot but they were back on course when Kim returned, wearing a gown that defied gravity, and took the room apart with two songs from Yentl - The Way He Makes me Feel and Papa Can You Hear me?
What could follow that we wondered, little realising we'd be saying the same after the next one - an instrumental to boot!
Tom and Jerry at MGM is an arrangement by John Wilson of various soundtracks by Scott Bradley of the greatest cartoon series ever. This was an absolute hoot, you could almost see the cat v mouse scenario being played out.
Matt Ford returned for Gigi and Days of Wine and Roses before Wilson announced the finale as a Suite from Gone With the Wind. Not the finale I was hoping for but at least it wasn't Star Wars.
Naturally, the finale wasn't really the finale - we had another orchestral piece before Matt and Kim returned for You're Just in Love from Call Me Madam
Earlier, as we sipped our chosen aperitif and ate our BLT, John Sibbald was sitting at the piano and playing the most delightful music - nonstop and far more tasteful than our BLT!
Nice to meet up with John again. We gigged together in the dim and distant past!
Lance.
John Wilson Orch w. Kim Criswell & Matthew Ford (vocals) and an 80 piece orchestra including: Jamie Kenny (bass); Colin Oxley (guitar); Matt Skelton (drums); Howard McGill (alto/clarinet/flute); Mark Crooks (tenor/clarinet); Mike Davis (baritone/alto clarinet/bass clarinet/oboe/flute); Michael Lovatt (trumpet); Gordon Campbell (trombone).

1 comment :

Liz said...

an excellent review as ever Lance. For me I would have liked more vocals, so many great numbers from the Oscar winning films of those days. Also, in a quite short concert I thought the Orchestral pieces were a bit long, especially the Robin Hood feature. But hey!a great show

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