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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Friday, July 06, 2018

Portraits @ Pizza Express, Holborn - June 15

Georgia Turnbull (vocal/keys); Adam Cornell (bass); Ben Fitzgerald (drums); Thomas Dixon (sax); Jamie Mackay (guitar).
(Review by James M).
Buoyed by feedback from recent shows in the North East and supportive reviews in BSH, Portraits headed south for a gig at the Holborn outlet of the respected Pizza Express Live Jazz Club where an enthusiastic audience was treated to 2 x 45-minute sets of original music plus a fresh cover of a well-known jazz standard.
In the audience were a couple who described themselves as ‘New York’s Greenwich Village regulars on vacation.’ They said that Portraits sounded great. I guess they’ve heard plenty of music to compare with at home so their comments weren’t to be taken lightly!
There was some great interplay between the band themselves as well as with the audience who were treated to a couple of minutes of ‘Larn Yersel Geordie’ to ensure that basic lines of communication were opened and maintained.
There’s a couple of lines in Why Aye Man by the great Mark Knopfler that say ‘We got wor tools and working gear and humped it all from Newcastle to here’.
Prophetic words as, unbeknown to the band, one of the keyboard keys were damaged in transit and Georgia didn’t pick up on this until the start of a song. Looking across the stage to the band’s leader and founder, Jamie, she complained to him that the E key was broken. Jamie’s reply of ‘Georgia, there are loads of people here are you sure?’ brought a wave of laughter from the audience. Jamie’s next comment, ‘don’t worry, I’ll play it on guitar’ earned several knowing nods from the live music junkies in the audience, slick stuff!
James.

PS: Pizza Express billed the show as follows, and in doing so, probably gave a more accurate picture of what Portraits is all about.

“Newcastle Neo-soul, Jazz and hip-hop band Portraits offer their contribution the UK music scene through Improvisation, lyricism, arrangement and a strong focus on moving their music into unexplored territory.
Portraits’ contribution to the UK music scene is not easily identified in terms of genre. ‘Jazz’ seems the most fitting to describe the harmony and improvisations, the use of the sax and upright bass support this assessment although you won’t hear the band play a medium swing Stella by Starlight. The heavy ‘LA jazz scene’ informed drum grooves subvert ideas of a faithful homage to the greats. the focus is on offering their own experiences and interpretations, expressing their own voices through improvisation. The band explores storytelling through arrangement and lyricism, aiming for an honest account of the modern experience.”

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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.
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