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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

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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. 2:00pm. 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.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Misha Mullov-Abbado Group @ the Jazz Café , Newcastle – July 25

Liam Dunachie (piano); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass); James Davison (trumpet, flugel); Matthew Herd (alto sax); Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax); Scott Chapman (drums)
(Review/photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Jazz North East's end-of-the-month Schmazz concert (and the end of JNE's Summer season too) concluded with a performance from another young, vibrant group of musicians with the focus again entirely on their own original material. A London based sextet led by double bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado, son of Russian classical violinist Viktoria Mullova and the late Italian conductor Claudio Abbado (who’s own father was a violinist). Yet despite his distinguished classical upbringing, Mullov-Abbado chose to pursue a career in jazz and, in 2014, he became a winner of the Kenny Wheeler Music Prize (he also picked up a Dankworth Prize for jazz composition). To date, MM-A has released 2 CDs (the first with a little help from his Mum on one track).
Tonight’s line up included album personnel Davison, Herd, Dunachie and  Chapman with Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax) standing in for Sam Rapley, and of course the man himself  Misha Mullov-Abbado on double bass. Over the course of two sets of material written exclusively by Mullov-Abbado the group presented compositions from both albums, as well as some newer, as yet unrecorded pieces.
 First set, first tune was fast and energetic. A breath of fresh air. Second tune - a slow one. Then continuing with a nice variety and contrasting styles, with various rhythms, pace, energy and fun. Good occasional solos across the band giving each an opportunity to breathe and stretch. The flugel was used sparingly but provided a good soft contrast to the trumpet, although their playing by Davison was never in doubt.  Comments overheard after their first set were very positive and complimentary. In fact a great first set.  We shouldn't have been too surprised, the pre-publicity was very enticing, and after that first set it was obvious that 'it does what it says on the tin' .... and a lot more as it turns out !! 

Second set - tunes played included the title track from their latest CD New Ansonia (reviewed previously by BSH on its release). Lil'  Bear (unrecorded as of yet) - slow & steady, raunchy rhythmic bass and slightly more edgy than previous tune. The repetitive bass line gave an edgy/moody feel along with some improvised sounds from drums & saxes, yet totally accessible through the melodic threads. To me it was fleetingly reminiscent of Nature Boy in parts but it had a unique and solid feel to it overall.  Gromit's Grand Outing is a very lively and fun tune, which segued into the next, starting with a superb extended solo from Hitchcock, then supported by the bass and developing further. What a great sounding and fun tune. Hair of the Bop (or was it ...of the Fox?) from the second CD Cross-Platform Interchange starting with a fine bass intro.  Finally ending with a very lively tune with a deceptively simple melody with good interchange across the band with long solos from Dunachie and Chapman. The audience were engaged throughout and delighted by what they saw (enthusiastic and often smiling musicians, especially Mullov-Abbado) and heard. They demanded more through their rapturous applause and were rewarded by an encore (see video on JNE page).

What a great set of varied compositions brilliantly played by a band 'in concert' with each other. Good sound from the brass section individually and collectively (aren't trumpets rather loud at times!!) and each piece was brought alive by a superb set of musicians all enjoying the ride.  Overall, straight ahead jazz, all original material and a truly well synchronised set of musicians who collectively provided much more than the simple sum of the parts. Excellent music, pure jazz, and an excellent night. This had a really good Jazz Club feel to it throughout. Noted that the audience was swelled by quite a few new faces for a Schmazz concert - the pre-publicity must have had some attraction - let's hope it sticks.

The next Jazz North East performance is after the Summer break on Sunday 3rd September at The Bridge with The Improvisors' Workshop on the afternoon and 'The Spirit Farm' in the evening. Then look out for 'Perpetual Motion Machines' and a brand new Trio from Adam Sinclair featuring Paul Edis and Jon Proud, plus at the end of September it's the 'Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music' with a heap of great artists including Zoe Rahman, Troyka, Schnellertollermeier, Mette Rasmussen and Julien Desprez to name but a few .... phew !!! 
Ken Drew
Video (the encore after the 2nd set):


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