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Today Sunday June 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

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

Blues/Funk/Soul

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

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CD Review: Maurice Frank - Mad Romance And Love

Maurice Frank (vocals); John DiMartino (arrangements, piano); Eric Alexander (ten sax); Aaron Heick (sop sax, clarinet, alto flute); Paul Meyers (guitar); Luques Curtis (bass); Obed Calvaire (drums); Samuel Torres (perc).
(Review by Ann Alex)
I listened in an unconventional way, by starting with track 4 on which Eric Alexander (no relation to me, he’d disown my musical attempts) is featured. As Lance had praised this jazzman in another review I needed to check him out and I wasn’t disappointed. On Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me the sax’s improvised responses to the singer’s statements are most impressive, in fact, it just about talks back. Great stuff!
So I was well primed to enjoy the rest of the music, a mixture of standards and songs which aren’t heard too often.  Our singer is a native New Yorker, growing up, and benefitting from listening to the singers of the 50’s and 60’s and it shows in his sensitive yet strong-voiced interpretations.  This is a debut album from a seasoned singer, who performs on the East Coast and beyond, and who now lives in Florida. All the musicians, besides Alexander, are established performers.
The tracks include Cole Porter’s Dream Dancing (skilled piano); the thrilling lyrics of How Little We Know (‘two tingles intermingle’ and ‘who cares to define what chemistry this is’) sung to bass only; Slow Hot Wind in which the flute trills to represent the wind; Strayhorn’s Day Dream, with very busy drums; the Latin Yellow Days, all about sunlight and lost love; a bluesy She’s Funny That Way with a good piano solo; The Beatles In My Life, with a swinging clarinet. The other tracks are Save Your Love For Me; Yesterday (Jerome Kern); Baubles, Bangles And Beads: On The Street Where You Live. Ann Alex
The CD was released on July 6, reference Jumo Music 1007. See www.mauricefrank.com

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