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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

KAPOK @ Jazz Café - November 28

Morris Kliphuis (French Horn, cornet, synth), Timon Koomen (guitars), Remco Menting (percussion, vibraphone)
(Review/photos by Ken Drew) 
Kapok has an unusual line-up for a trio playing jazz. They have a principal line-up of French horn, guitar and drums, but with the addition of synth, vibraphone and second guitar.
The Dutch band are on a 5 venue tour of the UK, and Newcastle (JNE) was 4th on the tour. Formed in 2011 they soon established themselves as one of the most original and exciting live bands in the Netherlands the through their stylistic versatility.  Jazz is at the heart of everything they do, but their performances segue seamlessly through indie, metal, hip-hop and Americana.

Horn player Morris Kliphuis, guitarist Timon Koomen and drummer Remco Menting last year decided to change their sound. They felt that the chemistry between the trio worked well, so they didn’t add extra musicians but decided instead to add extra instruments. Menting acquired a vibraphone, Koomen brought in a baritone guitar and Kliphuis added synthesiser to his horn and cornet.  Having recently explored new approaches, they build around long mesmerising lines, unusual sound combinations, and the subtle use of electronics to broaden the palette – all of this and more being evident tonight.

The first set was a revelation to first-time listeners of the band, like myself. First tune had such a quiet introduction with perfect harmonies from each player, and a nice melody initially on guitar to introduce the piece, passing over to synth, then cornet (Kliphuis on both) using a subtle and perfectly placed FX (echo) to complete the picture.  All three weaving in and out of the melody, along with sound bytes and improvised segments, and Menting initially on vibes moved onto drums for a brief solo percussion part.  Kliphuis moving again from keys to cornet then onto French horn which took the lead. Then a breakout section - very rhythmic drumming increasing in intensity with guitar & synth not far behind and ending with Koomen’s solo. 30 minutes for the first piece! What an introduction by the band - full of dynamics, prepared riffs and melodies, and a fair sprinkling of improv too. 
Next a gentler piece but with more improvisation. French horn intro leading to guitar solo with a gentle accompaniment from Menting. Then a gentle duo section with French horn and guitar with percussion eventually making his presence known through the sounds of running water (shells on drums) - which were chillingly realistic!  French horn now prominent, using FX to produce a higher register 'organ pipe' sound but still to the underlying sound of running water.  Then with the French horn centre stage, becomes increasingly bluesy, leading to cornet and then Menting on vibes to close the piece. What a superb combination of sounds!

After a short interval came The Missing Link - an early piece which came together nicely in the bands early formation, and was recorded on their first album with a Dutch string quartet
A nice long tune with good interaction between French horn and guitar plus lively drums!   Then a change -  a tune with a groove!  Initially, a French horn solo (played with FX, reminding me of Dennis Rollins' lively t-bone sound, despite it coming from a French horn), adding guitar, then into an improvised section followed by guitar focussing on the groove to the end.

Then the third tune, with guitar introduction accompanied by vibes (bowed and struck) revealing a simple but effectively beguiling soundscape. Then in time, slowly fading back into the rhythmic introduction - with a jaunty tune on French horn. Nice!  And finally, the last piece Ho Hop - another enjoyable piece with a groove.  Rapturous applause led to an encore.  A fast-paced tune, lively & bouncy with main tune led by Kliphuis on French Horn, leading to a tour de force from Menting on drums. Great ending!!  Their enthusiasm and dedication on stage is rewarded by excitement and appreciation in the audience.

Overall.  These young musicians really know their instruments and exactly how they want to sound, moving effortlessly between written and improvised sections, covering a nice range of styles and moods too.  The performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, including two passers-by who chanced taking a seat for the second set, and left uplifted, singing (almost) the praises of this remarkable young band. 

Ken.

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