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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Monday, June 19, 2017

De’Sean Jones & Knomadik @ Dacre Hall, Lanercost – June 16

De’Sean Jones (tenor); Jamie Murray (drums); Mikele Montoli (bass); Russell Gelman-Sheehan (guitar); Chase Jackson (vibes) + Jack Moore (alto).
(Review by David Gosling)
Detroit’s young saxophone titan swept into Cumbria, via three London gigs and a night at Preston’s New Continental, to play a storming gig in rural Lanercost.
Lanercost had secured the appearance of De’Sean Jones and his Knomadik band via a previous appearance De’Sean made in 2014 whilst touring the northwest with pianist Greg Spero.                      
“I remembered this charismatic ancient venue and felt that it would be good to come back and play it with my own band this time”, said Jones.
How to describe De’Sean Jones and his music is tricky but Jazz fusion, in the normal understanding of the genre, it is not. It’s certainly jazz, and if you add in funk, urban and a dash of hip-hop then maybe you are getting closer to the mark. At least that’s what I was hearing.
Knomadik (although De’Seans baseball cap spells it KNMDK) seems a fitting title as young musicians encountered by De’Sean, as he tours the world, are then incorporated into the as and when a location suits. For the Dacre Hall gig we had De’Sean Jones tenor sax, Jamie Murray from London on drums, Mikele Montolli from Italy on bass, Russell Gelman-Sheehan from Philadelphia on guitar, and on vibraphone. from Los Angeles, Chase Jackson.
Counting in the first number with a semi beatbox/rap introduction De’Sean and the band launched into a funked up version of Miles Davis’ Tutu which must have lasted at least 10 minutes as it moved seamlessly from one phase to another. The excellent Chase Jackson on vibraphone gently underpinning the rhythms in a style that would be blown away in the following numbers as his exuberant percussive playing came to the fore.
The ensuing tunes were all taken from De’Sean’s 2015 album Knomadik Reverence (Detroit Music Factory DMF2007) with the one exception being when, in true pied piper/nomadic style, the tenor sax man recalled playing with a young man in 2014, who he had spotted in the audience, and invited him up onto the stage to play what he termed ‘some Detroit Funk’. Up stepped 15-year-old Jack Moore from Cockermouth, who had so impressed everyone when Greg Spero had called him up to the bandstand at the same venue in 2014, to perform alongside De’Sean on alto sax. After a 10 second conversation between the two the band launched into a scorching number that allowed both saxophones ample room to show their improvisational skills. Hard blowing pyrotechnics were the order of the day with young Jack more than holding his own against the Detroit Lion. A performance that shows promise of much greater things to come from young Jack Moore.
As for De’Sean Jones, I had described him as ‘a force of nature’ in the pre-concert publicity but on this showing, I had clearly underestimated him.

The evening opened with local sax-girl Roz Sluman, who also played with De’Sean and the Greg Spero Quartet in 2014, and her Ol’ Bones band playing a jazz fusion set covering tunes by Chic Corea, David Sanbourn, Dave Grusin and Spyra Gyra to name but a few. Alongside Roz was Paul Maclachlan on bass, Kenny Reed on drums, Brian Melville on keyboards and Johnny Miller on guitar and their lively set proved the perfect introduction for what was to come.
David Gosling

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