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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Strictly Smokin' Sessions @ The Jazz Café - April 19

Keith Robinson (tenor); Steve Summers (alto, baritone, clarinet); Jamie Toms (tenor, alto, flute); Matt Forster (bass clarinet); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugel); David Barnes (trombone); Graham Don (piano); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace, F'reez (vocal).
(Review by Lance - photos courtesy of  Ken Drew).
Afterwards, Michael Lamb said to me, "That was different". Steve Summers said, "That was interesting". Two succinct comments that practically wrote the review for me. The above musicians, drawn from the 19 piece Strictly Smokin' Big Band, appeared in a variety of permutations to play various original compositions by Pete Tanton, Jamie Toms. Pawel Jedrzejewski - some worked better than others. Alice Grace and F'reez had but one number each and, sad to say, the balance didn't do either of them any favours.
Most of the solos were relatively short and it was interesting to hear Toms on alto and Summers on baritone. The arrangements were also interesting (and different) ranging from a fugue-like opener by Tanton to a jazz-rock closer by Jamie Toms that sported the intriguing title of Mr. Magoo's New Shoes!
This was the first time ever this music had been played in public and could be said to be a work in progress. Whether it will progress is open to question. It would be a criminal waste if it wasn't as there is so much potential there. Some of the voicings reminded me of Mingus and maybe a hint of Gil Evans. Well done to Jazz North East for making it possible and to those members of SSBB who revealed previously hidden depths.
It would be interesting (there's that word again!) to see if any further developments occur in the future.
Meanwhile, in the more immediate future, you can hear SSBB in the manner to which we are accustomed to hearing them at Hoochie Coochie on Sunday (April 22). Doors at 4pm, band on stage at 5:30pm. 
Lance.
Ken Drew Photos.

1 comment :

Pete Tanton (on F/b). said...

Many thanks, Lance, it was as always, a pleasure to play last night. I second your praise for Jazz Northeast, without whom we wouldn’t have had the chance to try something experimental- and to the audience who joined us on a punt into the unknown!