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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CD Review: Trish Clowes – My Iris

Trish Clowes (tenor saxophone), Chris Montague (guitar), Ross Stanley (piano & Hammond organ) & James Maddren (drums)
(Review by Russell).
My Iris comprises eight tracks, of which all but one are written by Trish Clowes. A first recording for this stellar group of musicians it is the tenor saxophonist’s fourth album on Basho Records. Iris, the messenger of Greek and Roman gods, Clowes, delivering her musical message; fluent tenor, three compatriots – Chris Montague, Ross Stanley and James Maddren – receiving and responding to it in masterful fashion.

A Cat Called Behemoth crackles with energy, in marked contrast Muted Lines is certainly muted as Clowes intones the words of Nahapet Kuckak. Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) promises much and it doesn’t disappoint with drummer James Maddren’s evocative rim-shot rhythms framing Gateshead born Chris Montague’s off-kilter swing-time guitar playing. Clowes applies an old school sensibility to much of what she does, illustrated on the penultimate track – In Between the Moss and Ivy – as it is on the closing number Be a Glow Worm. Ross Stanley doesn’t do substandard and My Iris can be racked-up as another job more than well done.
Russell.

My Iris by Trish Clowes is available now on Basho Records (SRCD 53-2). Trish Clowes plays at Cambridge Modern Jazz Club on Thursday January 26 and at Birmingham MAC on Friday January 27.                               

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Trish Clowes My Iris Quartet also play Hall Two at Sage Gateshead as part of a double bill with Stan Sulzman/Nikki Iles duo. 2pm on Sunday 2nd April as part of the GIJF (http://sagegateshead.com/event/gijf-17-double-bill-sulzmann-iles-duo-trish-clowes-my-iris-quartet/)

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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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