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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

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.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender 2018: Sunday afternoon in the Crypt - Printmakers.

Printmakers: Nikki Iles (piano); Norma Winstone (voice); Mark Lockheart (tenor); Mike Walker (guitar); Steve Watts (bass); James Maddren (drums).
(Review by Lance/ Photo of Nikki & Norma courtesy of Russell).
To think I almost missed this one! Printmakers? mmm, Printmakers! OMG (or words to that effect) Nikki Iles, Norma Winstone and co. I'm going senile - I'd ticked it under Nikki, or was it Norma, or was it both? Printmakers, I thought, was, well, maybe about printmaking?
Fortunately, my senior moment passed and I enjoyed this set as much as anything other than the MBB.
To quote a long forgotten song, Nikki has That Certain Smile a smile that immediately brings you into her aura and, when she plays, you realise she has plenty to smile about - 1000 ships? That's nothing! 
Norma Winstone has been around longer than most of today's other singers but you wouldn't think it. The night previous she'd been playing a gig in Leipzig yet jetlag was still catching up on her!
She sounded as good as ever.
On tenor, Lockheart has a refreshingly Getzian approach - reminding us all that it didn't begin and end with Trane but that lyricism still has a place although, like the latterday Stan, Mark can put the boot in when the occasion demands it.
Mike Walker is a long established name on the modern/contemporary guitar scene and his solos were perfect for this band.
Steve Watts did the bass duties well whilst James Maddren is one of those drummers who you only notice when he's not on the gig - which isn't very often irrespective of the genre!
And of course, Nikki - just love her.
The material was exquisite: Foxy Trot (Kenny Wheeler); Stars (Fred Hersch); The Glide (Ralph Towner); Two Grey Rooms (Joni Mitchell); Tideway (Iles/Winstone). A blast on Just in Time where Norma played Ella in her scat vocal routine and maybe even won! And... The Heather on the Hill. The best ever version of this rarely played, at a jazz gig, song from Brigadoon.
What a day this has been...
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.)
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