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Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Monday December 17

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Ruth Lambert Trio – Beaumont Hotel, Beaumont St., Hexham NE45 3LT. 01434 602331. 7pm-9pm.

Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £28.30. Ray McVay’s band.

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Joy Ellis Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - May 12.

Joy Ellis (piano/vocals); Chris Montague (guitar); Henrik Jensen (bass); Adam Osmianski (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Q: When is a trio not a trio?
A: When it's a quartet!
The gig was advertised as The Joy Ellis Trio but, after counting twice and double-checking with the lady sharing my table, we both agreed that there were definitely 4 bods making it a quartet. Our curiosity turned to joy (as opposed to Joy) when we realised the ringer was none other than local boy made good, guitarist, Chris Montague.

Joy used James Kitchman on her previous visits to these parts and on the album which this concert was based around, Rob Luft, so Chris had some big boots to fill which he did admirably.
The aforementioned visits included gigs in Hexham, Durham and Newcastle the last two of which were reviewed by Steve T and Russell respectively. I also reviewed the album Life on Land last October. So, Joy wasn't an unknown quantity to me.
All of the plaudits reaped upon her in those previous reviews were upheld and if there was a downside it was the early mic problems. Fortunately, these were overcome and, once we could hear the lyrics clearly, those who weren't familiar with them now realised that they had in their midst, not only a fine singer and pianist but also a songwriter of great merit. Add her Pittsburg born husband and drummer Adam, Chris from Gateshead and Henrik from Denmark and you have a truly international team of stars. Joy, by the way, is from Sussex.
The songs, in the main, were portraits of life through our composer's eyes reflecting the rich landscape she lives in whether it be urban London or rural Sussex. Close your eyes and we were there with her From Dusk Till Dawn, When the Snow Falls, Ice on the River, in The City, listening to The Jazzman and more.
A rewarding experience.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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