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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 22: Olly Styles (saxophone): Stage 2 recital @ The Music Sudios, Newcastle University. 10:00am. Free, all welcome.
Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Chaka Khan @ 02 Academy, Newcastle, June 12.

(Review by Steve T)
The last time Chaka Khan played in Newcastle, you wouldn't get a Hoochie Coochie round with change from £200 so, at just under £40, I couldn't afford to miss this and clearly, others felt the same with this spacious, greater capacity, venue crammed.
It was always my intention, with number one son gone, to get back to some good ole rock n soul, but does she have any credibility or anything to do with Jazz? I've all but given up trying to second guess what else people listen to besides Jazz. As fellow Black Musics, blues and soul seem to me to be the most natural bedfellows, though I also get modern classical music and experimental rock. Hatred of all things charts and media strike me as given, but it seems young people and people with different routes into Jazz have entirely contrary sets of givens.
First question about Chaka is does she do Rufus? The short, easy answer is yes but the longer answer was swiftly confirmed when the second song was Tell me Something Good, their first hit, from 73. This was followed by a run of Rufus cuts, but the sound was so poor it was often difficult to discern what they were beyond they weren't any of my favourites, but served as a reminder of what a stonkin, fonkin band they were in the early/mid-seventies.
All on stage sat for a song she wrote for the film Clockers, which was followed by What you Gonna do for me, perhaps her best solo track (the album includes a version of Night in Tunisia) and the finest moment of the three sides live album Stompin at the Savoy which reunited her with Rufus.
My Funny Valentine, which wasn't but could just have easily been on the album of Jazz standards she made with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.
The announcement of a woman’s song was greeted by an explosion, the ladies, dominant in the audience singing their collective hearts out I'm Every Woman. Easy to look back and dismiss it as disco but it was her first post Rufus track and really didn't seem like a 'sell-out', but was one of the last credible disco records before the inevitable appropriation by whitey, the charts and media.
Encore Aint Nobody, centrepiece of the aforementioned one side studio album by Rufus, upped the anti a little further, the ladies once again, vocal and loud. Strangely no I Feel for You, particularly given Prince’s recent acquisition of genius status.
Never one of the great soul singers, she squawks and wails and gargles and yells and screeches. Her band were hot, despite a second guitarist doing Hendrix style posturing while you couldn't even hear whether he was any good. The three backing singers were all better than her and I think when they arrived many wondered which one is Chaka Khan. A friend of mine had pizza with her following her appearance on The Tube many years ago so I already knew that she's tiny.
Just about worth the effort and expense.
Steve T.

3 comments :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

Oh, wow - I saw her at Hoochie a couple of years ago ...... one of those unforgettable nights too! I missed this one though ....... silly me!

Lance said...

Like everything in life it's subjective. One man's meat etc... Jazz/blues is the basis for all modern music and, probably, although I'm in left field on this one. contemporary classical music. Or to sum up. all music is influenced by all music. To digress, I wonder, when Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumbling down, who was playing lead trumpet?

Steve T said...

Possibly should have used the capital M but on a Jazz site, I prefer to save it for Jazz. Like modern Jazz is the forties, modern soul the seventies, modern classical music is early twentieth century (contemporaneous to modern art)and is hugely important for Jazz and experimental rock.
I prefer to think of it as discursive rather than subjective (taste and opinion become excuses for anything and everything) based on bodies of knowledge constructed in power, nowadays generally in the hands of the media.
Currently we're subject to the discourse of Kind of Blue being one of the 'great' albums, talked about in the same breath as albums by people like the Beatles (who by their own admission, didn't make albums), Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Bowie, Clash, Nirvana etc.
My background is in black music and this stuff is all a complete joke (maybe not Dylan but he's monumentally over-rated). I was talking to somebody at the first Durham Jazz Festival who claimed to be into blues, and claimed that he didn't distinguish by colour, but was unable to come up with one artist he listens to who is black, even get out of jail free card Hendrix.

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