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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Julian Costello Quartet @ The Globe October 21

Julian Costello (ten, sop saxes); Maciek Pysz (guitar); Michele Tacchi (bass guitar); Adam Teixeira (drums). (Canada).
(Review by Steve H/Photo by Debra M) 
Normally, this isn’t the sort of gig I would attend; my preferred option being for a more improvised, freer, kind of jazz. Fortunately, I decided to put my music prejudices aside, took a punt and made my way to The Globe on Sunday night. I was more than rewarded for my gay abandon as this splendid international quartet delivered a highly enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining performance.

For the first set, the band featured their latest album Transitions. As the title suggests, this consisted of one uninterrupted piece with each tune segueing seamlessly into the next. The second set consisted of several tunes including a song named after a cheese although this was not of the blues variety but rather the Greek (Halloumi).
Costello is an affable character strutting about the stage like a string puppet and at one point even performing a bit of mime. Equally proficient on both tenor and soprano his compositions are very melodic yet still always interesting.
(Photo courtesy of Steve H)
A lot of the music had a folksy, European, worldly twist to it but, given the multinational flavour of the band, this is unsurprising. An Englishman, a Pole an Italian and a Canadian walk into a jazz bar the Barman asks ‘what’s it going to be?’   they order  Gin, Vodka, Grappa and Canadian Club respectively the Barman then asks ‘how would you like them?’ the band reply in unison  Straight no Chaser.

Italian bassist Tacchi’s playing was absolutely superb and I particularly enjoyed his quiet, subtle, solos. Polish guitarist Pysz was fantastic every single solo of his was a joy. Keeping it all together was the unflashy but very classy Canadian drummer Teixeira. It was clearly evident that the ensemble’s great enjoyment of playing together was mutual and their enthusiasm certainly spilled over to the very appreciative audience. A really top quality evening and I thoroughly recommend everyone to catch this band wherever and whenever they can.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Julian Costello (on F/b). said...

Thank you Steve for a great review and lovely to meet you.

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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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