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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Dominic J Marshall Trio @ The Globe – March 29

Dominic J Marshall (keys, electronics, vocals, introductions); Glenn Gaddum Junior (bass guitar); Jamie Peet (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
This was a joint venture put on by the Jazz Co-op and Jazz North East, and it was great to see fans from both camps enjoying the music. Not your usual jazz trio with standard tunes and solos, but groove-based pieces, with influences from pop, soul, and hip-hop, and each musician playing a full part in the proceedings, although Dominic J Marshall was the undoubted trio leader. He also sang on some numbers, groove-based lines in a rather deadpan voice, not exactly tunes, but rather lines of notes, which suited the style. The pieces were all originals, but I didn’t catch the names of all the tunes.

The first tune was quite typical, an ensemble start with the drummer very much an equal player, groovy sections of music, slowing down at the turnaround of each section, a break for the drummer to perform, more ensemble led by keys, a bass break, drums and keys in rhythm, then a sudden end, just when you thought it would continue. Then came Mean To Me, partly sung, call and response with the singer, keys sounding organ-like, then bell-like. Next came Basle Old Town (?) which would have been a good cinema soundtrack, a landscape of sound, mixed, random, and a strong keys tune gradually emerges, with varied key sounds, piano, sweet, organ-like, ending with an American voice-over, although I couldn’t make out the words.  Storyline included singing ‘want to carry you all the way home’, and the last tune before half-time gave us a richly flowing piano.

After the halftime raffle, (2 CD’s were won by 2 lucky people) we had a love song Two Lives In One, ‘when you don’t know what to do, do what you’re destined to do’; then SP3, which was a remix of a computer game tune from Marshalls’ childhood, lots of spaceship sounds, whirrs from the keys, and deep tones. Then came a riff-driven song, Elephant Man, from the last album, with elephantish tones and jungle noises, winding down to a quiet ending. The final number was Hypernormalised, with conversational singing to a constant background of drums and bass. During this number, a mobile ringtone went off in the seat behind, which fitted quite well with the music, and it occurred to me that this was another musical influence used by the band, which is one of the aspects of the music which provides a very modern feel.
Another enjoyable evening of unusual jazz.

Ann Alex

1 comment :

Lance said...

Sorry I missed this one but I was off colour and had to settle for an early night. I recall reviewing one of Dominic's albums a few years back - Spirit Speech - which I enjoyed very much and I looked forward to hearing him live.

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